Lesson: Create an invention that fulfills a need in your own life. Include visual aids, diagrams, photographs or computer models. Be prepared to discuss the invention's purpose, how it works and its benefits.
Morgan Cottle and Heidi Heidig's 25 fifth-grade inventors at Walker Elementary School were ready for the big day. Snow and high winds could not keep them away. It was the Invention Convention: a great place to get gift ideas for the future.
Adrian Carrilla invented a kid-friendly, fun device for measuring lung capacity. Jordan Trunnell created a scooter called the Seweela that has a built-in steering wheel. Nagoli Jackson's reversible clothing allows you to surf in your wet suit one minute and, with a quick zip, wear pants and a hoodie the next.
Josh Fitzgerald's automatic cat feeder needs filling once every six months. Looking for a designer piece that also feeds pets? Vita Witnauer's invention fits the bill. Are your fish over- or underfed? Anna Barne's seven-day fish feeder keeps them on schedule and fits in the palm of your hand.
For those whose parents won't let pets sleep in beds, Makaya Pavilionis' Bed in a Drawer offers 10 colorful options to let Fido and Fluffy sleep close by. Don't want to leave the comfort of your home to fill the bird feeder? Use Zoe Fischer's Feeder House. Charas Foyil's C.E.C. (Chicken Egg Collector) supplies fresh eggs already packaged in egg cartons.
Jamie McNulty's Ninten Pen provides a cheap option for styluses for your touch-screen computer. Bella Ash's Rap It Up keeps headphones from getting caught in bicycle handle bars. Want to save energy? Gabe Duggan's Hamster-Powered TV is totally unplugged.
Jasmine Wallin's The Wheeler helps parents carry heavy suitcases upstairs. Children can sleep safely in the car with Aubrey Reynold's Sleep Belt. Kids who can't find their shoes in the morning can rely on Orin Johnson's I'm A Shoe with GPS built in.
Zola Smith's Toy Catcher will bungee toys right back to the baby who tosses them. Sienne Scoggin's automated push-button booster chair is always just the right height. Ke ale Kimokeo-Benson's simple Suction Souper Cooler keeps kids' tongues from burning on hot soup.
Jacob Parson's Breakfast in a Pill adds a bacon and waffle taste to a glass of water. Don't have time to make cupcakes? Use Jenny Urrutia's Flying Cupcake Maker. Looking for green solutions? Try Summer Keroles' Eco Friendly Lunchbox with removable slots. Weeds too tall? Use Dylan Jacobson's Weed Wacker Shoe. Tired of sleepless nights? Smart Pillow by Simon Ruiz is self-fluffing and temperature-controlled with massaging option.
Those are just some of the creative solutions to everyday problems created by young inventors from Walker school. The world awaits.
— Heidi Monjure