'Invention Convention' At Scott Elementary School

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

First graders at Scott Elementary School in Thomasville have been brushing up on their inventors, and using their imaginations to craft useful gadgets of their own.

First Grade teacher Anna Blair coordinated the convention, and says,"The students studied Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, and some other inventors ... and then the 'Invention Convention' allowed them to become inventors themselves."

Held in the school's library, the "Invention Convention" gave the young innovators a chance to display their work and have it judged: from a remote-controlled wheelchair complete with a built-in cooler, to magic "brain juice", each student found a different way to let his or her creativity shine.

Brionna Ryan won first place for her 'cool skate shoelaces', which tell the user the right foot to put their rollerskate on.

The 6-year-old says the convention is 'important' because it gives her ideas for the future:

"When you grow up and you want to be an inventor, you can invent what you did when you were in the first grade."

Despite the competitive aspect of the event, teachers say the name of the game was learning -- and seeing what the youngsters could come up with.

With so much creativity in one room, inventors of the past can feel confident knowing the first graders at Scott Elementary will be handling the innovations of the future.


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