Heights third-graders hold Invention Convention

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Samantha Conway presented her invention, "Kick-Tac-Toe,” a game of skill and luck which solved the problem of boredom. COURTESY OF STEPHANIE STEPHAN

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Students from Spring Lake Heights Elementary School were joined by around 150 members of the community on Friday, May 24, for this year’s Invention Convention.

The third-grade class had the chance to come up with their own inventions and bring them to life for this year’s convention.

The students’ work started all the way back in January. “Students went through the entire Engineering Design Process [Ask – Plan – Create – Improve, repeat], which culminated at the convention,” said third-grade teacher Stephanie Stephan.

She and fellow third-grade teacher Petra Rose planned and organized this year’s event.

“First, they brainstormed wild and crazy invention ideas just to get their creative juices flowing. Next, they researched real-world problems. They conducted interviews of peers and adults and did some soul-searching, as well.”

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