Dena Zubik -- Fifth grader invention
Fifth graders display inventions BRYAN, Texas (AP) - At least a part of the nation's next generation generation of inventors may be a group of fifth-grade science students at La mar Elementary School in Bryan. About 115 Lamar science students entered the school's first Invention Convention recently with hopes of advancing to a national convention and possibly a patent. Kathe Eugster, convention coordinator coordinator and a science teacher, said her and the other science teachers' motives were simple: "We wanted to let them know that school is fun; and we wanted them to feel that in making inventions." Ms. Eugster said the convention is an example of the kind of supplemental, supplemental, learning activities that the 1984 education reforms encourage. "It involves every subject — math, reading and art — not just science," she said. Ms. Eugster said the five convention convention judges, which included Texas A&M University's patent administrator, administrator, Taylor Morgan, were all science professionals. The prize for best invention went to John Bradford for his creation called Safety Suspenders. The suspenders were made with tiny, Christmas tree lights, but could be made with neon or amber reflector lights for use by nighttime bikers, joggers or walkers. Bradford's suspenders were operated by a rechargeable battery battery that could be attached to a belt around a person's waist. Bradford's prize will be sent to the Silver Burdett National Invention Invention Convention in Morristown, N.J. The winner of that competition competition will advance to the National Science Fair Convention in March. Ms. Eugster said before the students designed their inventions, they made sure each did not already exist. "They also researched a famous inventor and they wrote a paper on the intent of their invention," she said. The students started on their inventions inventions in September and worked on the projects in class. Teachers made sure the projects were practically practically priced and safe. "The inventions could have been an idea, an object or an improvement improvement of something that all ready existed," she added. Other prize winners included: Second prize, Lisa Bingham for her Iron Cradle, a holder that prevents a hot iron from falling from an ironing board; third and fourth prize, Kristie Fritcher, the Traffic Light Reflector, and Tracy Pritchard, Who's Got What Game, INNOVATIVE INVENTOR — Rebekah Ledford, a fifth-grader at Lamar Elementary School in Bryan, shows off her invention — a velcro stick. Rebekah was one of 115 science students who participated participated in the school's Invention Convention. (AP Laserphoto) a game that helps students learn about science. Cited for having the best-of- home-room inventions were: Dena Zubik, for the Tomato Guard; Nicole Stegall, the Sheet Guarder for waterbeds; Michael Hoe- inghause, the Better Absorbing Paper Towel; Sara Hall, the Key Gripper, for people with arthritis. Honorable mentions went to Rebekah Ledford, for the Velcro Stick, a contraption designed to pick up loose, lost cloth objects such as the sock that's caught under a king-sized bed; Stephanie Scarmado, for the Baby Sitter Blanket; Anju Tripathy, for How to Play Tennis on the Moon; Laurett McDaniel, for Dine-A-Desk; Bracken Kolle, the Convenient File; Todd Henderson, the Bird Trap; Megan Yandall, Do You Know Your Math; Allison Rundell. the Balloon Inflator; Leslie Atkinson, Atkinson, the Temperature Protector; and Jill Holste, the Pencil Callus A voider.