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February 24, 2020 --
Over 800 students from throughout middle Tennessee will converge for the annual
Tennessee Invention Convention on Thursday, February 27
. After having spent many of the last months perfecting their inventions, the 4th, 5th and 6th graders will compete for the opportunity to go to the U.S. Nationals. The event takes place at
Middle Tennessee State University from 9 AM to Noon
"Tennessee is full of talented and bright young learners, and this celebration of invention gives students the opportunity to share what they have created," said Tracey Huddleston, coordinator of the Tennessee Invention Convention. "This competition gets students involved in authentic, project-based learning while demonstrating creativity, collaboration, communication, and criti
cal thinking — all important 21
Just a few of the inventions include:
- Vacuum Bug Ball, Evan Larov and Patrick Richardson, 6th graders from Siegel Middle School
- No Slip Grip, Cali Agee and Mckenne Miller, 6th graders from DeKalb Middle School
- Bright Cap, Anders Deslsets, Maddox Njezic and Judd Wright, 5th graders from Tuckers Crossroads Elementary
- Minky, Ashmi Patel, 5th grader from Discovery School
- Easy Reader, Edi Zymeri, 4th graders from Springdale Elementary School
- Bike Bench, Austin Shelton, Eli Lusk and Balazs Margl, 4th graders from Rutland Elementary School
The Tennessee Invention Convention is an initiative to bring invention education into Tennessee schools and to celebrate the young inventors with a statewide event. For more than 25 years, Middle Tennessee State Universi
ty has hosted the annual Invention Convention. This year's competition brings students from over 50 different schools.
The overall mission is to provide a fun and dynamic way for children to engage in divergent thought. The competition requires that the students actually make their inventions using their own creative imaginations. It is hoped that the development of such inventions will help integrate many of the content areas taught in school.
Children are asked to invent a product using a specific set of parameters in one of two categories: inventions that are Games or inventions that will Make Our Lives Easier. In the Games category, students may invent games that are entertaining and/or challenging for multiple age groups. In the Make Our Lives Easier category, students may invent devices that will potentially make
living more convenient and/or more comfortable. These inventions might be for personal use or for use around the home, school, or anywhere.