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Wheeler School Students Head To Statewide Invention Convention

A group of fourth graders from Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School will soon head to the 26th annual CT Invention Convention. The school's fourth graders have been studying inventions, inventors, and the process of inventing since January, followed by a science unit on electricity. Students brainstormed problems to solve whereby the solution would be an invention.This process emphasized creativity and problem solving skills. On March 26, the annual Wheeler School Invention Convention was held in the school's cafeteria. All fourth graders displayed and presented their inventions in a science fair format.

The statewide CT Invention Convention will be held at the University of Connecticut's Gampel Pavilion on May 2. The statewide convention focuses on problem-solving, solution-based activities, learning how things work or don't through experimentation, and various critical skills development to solve real-life problems, resulting in a working invention. More than 5,000 people will attend the event, including 650 of Connecticut's best young inventors from 80-120 schools across the state. The following students, with their inventions, will represent Wheeler Elementary School: Alexander Autunno - The Tip Stopper, Shalina Mancarella - Rear View, Raechel Johnsky - The Snow Keeper Outer, Bethany Pelletier - The Test Buddy, Jessica Masco - The Robo Mop, and Joshua Thompkins - The Baby Dry Pack.

"Each year when fourth grade students participate in the Invention Convention, they demonstrate creativity and pride in their inventions. They are excited by all the possibilities for solving a problem. It is a great opportunity for students!" said Wheeler Principal Catherine Frayler.

-Posted on April 6, 2009 at 03:55 PM

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