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Aaron Wartner
Students Gear Up for California Invention Convention on April 13 in San Jose
Finalists in Grades K - 8 from Across The State
to Display Inventions for Opportunity to Attend Nationals

April 3, 2019 -- San Jose, Calif. --  Student finalists in grades K to 8 from throughout the state will compete at the  California Invention Convention  on  Saturday, April 13, 2019 . The event’s premier sponsor, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) , will host the event at their headquarters located at 160 Rio Robles in San Jose.

The students, totaling about 200, have advanced from regional competitions. This is the 4th year the event has taken place. Winners of the state finals advance to the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) held at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Michigan later this year.
"California is full of talented and bright young learners, and this celebration of invention gives students the opportunity to share what they have created," said Brenda Payne, coordinator of the California Invention Convention. "This competition gets students involved in authentic, project-based learning while demonstrating creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking — all important 21 st  century skills.”

Here's a sampling of some of the great inventions to be showcased this year:
  • 6th grader Gabriella from Soquel for her invention, Fur Mama Simulator
  • 8th grader Pavitra from Fremont for his invention, Fast Cart
  • 5th grader Sophie from San Diego for her invention, Automatic Food Cooler
  • 4th grader Olivia from Watsonville for her invention, No More Bullying

Maxim has been a partner of the California program for the past two years. "Through our collaboration with the California Invention Convention, we look forward to a generation of engineers that embrace teamwork, thinking outside the box and innovative problem-solving," said Dave Dwelley, chief technology officer at Maxim Integrated.

This year, over 3,000 students and over 140 educators participated in conventions throughout California, sending their finalists onto the state competition.

"Now more than ever, we need to prepare students to be creative problem-solvers," said Payne, who began the program in a small Northern California school and now heads the statewide organization. "In fact, we have a duty to encourage our students to think differently."

The public is invited to view the inventions from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is no cost for admission.

The California Invention Convention is sponsored by Maxim Integrated. Additional sponsors include Parallax Inc., Bay Federal Credit Union and Lighthouse Bank. Partners include Science Buddies, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), San Diego County Office of Education, Santa Cruz County Office of Education and The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
The goals of the California Invention Convention:
  • Bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) invention education to K-12 students throughout California
  • Provide opportunities for students to be recognized and valued for their inventions through regional and state invention conventions
  • Include all qualified student invention programs as part of a state-wide California Invention Convention program
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