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Dayton-Area Students Win Awards
at Ohio State Invention Convention,
Advance to U.S. Nationals
Students from across the state
virtually showcased their inventions
at the 27th annual event, sponsored by Honda and
backed by technology companies and industry innovators 
August 3, 2020 -- Dayton, Ohio -- K-12 students from across the state recently participated via video submission and virtual judging, to share their solutions to everyday problems for the 2020 Ohio Invention Convention State Finals, presented by Honda. Winners and honorable mentions were celebrated at the virtual awards ceremony Sunday, August 2nd.

Among the statewide winners are 12 students from the Dayton area who are eligible to compete in the 2021 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at The Henry Ford Museum next spring. In addition, five students awarded with Honorable Mention were selected as alternates.

6th - 12th Grades Edison Award, Presented by OTTA
Jianna Nichols, a 9th-grader from Tipp City , won one of two grand prize Edison Awards for The Smart Suit, which solves the problem of often hot and hard to acquire P.P.E for health care professionals around the world by using multiple layers and a special cost-effective material to promote cooling after being put in a freezer and combines many products into one efficient suit. The award includes a $2,500 College Savings Award provided by Ohio Tuition Trust Authority Ohio’s College Advantage 529 Plan and an invitation to represent the state at the 2021 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at the Henry Ford.   
Grade Level Awards
Students received College Savings Awards and are eligible to represent the state at the 2021 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at the Henry Ford.                               
  • 1st Place, 3rd Grade: Blayne Baker from Huber Heights for Glasses Safe 3000
  • 3rd Place, 4th Grade: Hannah Rowell from Huber Heights for C3 Reins
  • 1st Place, 6th Grade: Camden Keeran from Springfield for Medi-Case
  • 2nd Place, 9th-12th Grades: Ella Mefford, 9th grade from Blanchester, for Everywhere Epi-Pen
Industry Awards: Kindergarten - 5th Grades
Students received a $375 College Savings Award and invitations to represent the state at the 2021 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at the Henry Ford.     
  • Household Tools/Home Organization Award: Aaron Black, 5th grade from Kettering, for Safe-T- Slicer
  • Medical Technology Award: Caitlyn Hayes, 5th grade from Washington Court House, for Biblio Blaster
  • Government/ Public Safety Award, presented by CIPLA: Corbin Bennett, 4th grade from Kettering, for Inferno Pods
  • Consumer Goods Award: Nolan Fox, 4th grade from Huber Heights, for Fox Mushroom Picker

Industry Awards: 6th -12th Grades
Students received a $375 College Savings Award and invitations to represent the state at the 2021 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at the Henry Ford.      
  • Household Tools/Home Organization Award: Jenna Henkes, 7th grade from West Alexandria, for Little Farmer Mess Helper
  • Gov't/Public Safety Award, presented by CIPLA: Danny Mefford, 6th grade from Blanchester, for Zeus: The Beacon of Hope
  • Consumer Goods Award: KayLee Lipps, 6th grade from West Alexandria, for The Retainer No Brainer
Honorable Mention
  • Island Clark, 2nd grade from Greenville, for Portable Wind Power
  • Lacy McNutt, 4th grade from Germantown, for Pit Perfect
  • Alexander Houpt, 4th grade from Kettering, for Foodatron 4000
  • Zoey Deibel, 5th grade from Kettering, for 52 Flurry-Stopper
  • Eoin Hackmann, 5th grade from Sabina, for Boredom Boards

A complete list of winners can be found here . A recording of the awards ceremony can be viewed here .

“Educators, employers and policymakers agree that the U.S. must grow innovative thinkers and problem solvers in order to create a sustainable future,” said Invention League’s Executive Director, Robin Hilsmeier. “To make this dream a reality, we need competitions in youth invention and entrepreneurship to drive more programs into schools, and to excite and inspire students to invent new solutions to the world’s problems.” 

Bobbie Jo Trittschuh, Honda’s Community Relations Manager added, “The Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Competition provides a statewide setting for young inventors and entrepreneurs from across the state to compete and be recognized for advancements in problem identification, problem solving, invention and entrepreneurship skills—these skills are important for society and for employers like Honda as we continue to develop innovative products right here in Ohio.” 

Additional sponsors and partners of this year's competition include Ohio’s College Advantage 529 Plan, AT&T, AEP, PwC, CIPLA: Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Ohio State Fair, Presidio, Charles River Laboratories and Bodi Law.

The mission of Invention Convention is to activate STEMIE learning (STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship), to instill problem identification, problem solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills for life. Invention Education empowers young people to develop the skills and self-confidence they need to identify and solve real-world problems and to make informed choices about their future careers. More information is available at .

About The Invention League 
The Invention Convention program, provided by the Invention League, is a free, STEAM-aligned educational program aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards, National Science Standards and is the only pathway for Ohio students to the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. The Invention League is a 501c3 that, in addition to hosting the Invention Convention program, also provides Inventor Experiences and multiple continuing-education opportunities for educators. The Invention League, “Where problem solving is our superpower!” 

About Honda 
Honda's rich history in the state of Ohio began in September 1979 with the production of motorcycles in Marysville, Ohio. In November 1982, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to begin automobile production in the U.S. at its nearby Marysville Auto Plant. Construction of an engine plant in Anna, Ohio and a second Ohio auto plant located in East Liberty quickly followed these operations. A third automotive plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, started the exclusive production of the Acura NSX in 2016, the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. Honda’s Ohio operations employ more than 15,000 associates. 

Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. Honda currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. 
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