12 Middle School students compete at Invention Convention

Several of the participants at the Invention Convention at miSci in Schenectady
Some of the Middle School students who participated in Invention Convention pose outside miSci.

Twelve Middle School students showed off their innovative, creative ideas at the recent Invention Convention at miSci in Schenectady.

The students’ ideas ranged from shin guards that cool you down and a brush to make smoother ponytails to a dog collar that beeps when the dog pulls and a swim cap that doesn’t slip off.

Invention Convention is designed to encourage scientific problem-solving in students of all ages, as well as to promote creative thinking. Designing a new invention or a new process can be a valuable and enjoyable way to develop the skills of creative problem-solving that can be used for years to come.

Now in its 20th year locally, Invention Convention has engaged more than 16,000 students from the Capital Region in creative problem solving

Here are the students who participated and their projects:

  • Jackson Estes – Shin Pad Sock. Soccer socks with shin guard holes so ref can see you are wearing them.
  • Sam Feinberg-Wallender – A tech way to have your family calendar visible at home.
  • Ellie Gallagher – The Canine Corrector Collar. It is a dog collar that beeps when the dog pulls.
  • Kendall Gilbert– CapGrip. Swim cap that grips to your head so it doesn’t fall off easily.
  • Cameron Lemp – Bead Brush. It is a brush that is used to clean turf beads out of your cleats.
  • Morgan Lorey – Interchangeable Cleats. Sneakers that can take an attachment to become cleats.
  • Ayla Massaro – The Musical Carryall. A musical case with all the fixins.
  • Tori Nardini – Go Girl Goggles. A pair of girls lax goggles with a hat adjuster.
  • Emma Riegel – Non Fry Straightener 2000. Hair straightener that won’t burn your hair.
  • Isaiah Rojas – Cool Shin Guards. Shin guards that are supposed to cool your legs and keep them from sweating.
  • Keira Smith – Curvey Brush. A brush that makes a smoother ponytail with a curved head.

Their adviser was grade 6 teacher David Swain.