Calliope Gosling and Emily Graham show their invention to prevent cats from scratching up the furniture.
Calliope Gosling and Emily Graham show their invention to prevent cats from scratching up the furniture.

GRAYLING -  On Saturday February 29 thirty-three Grayling Elementary third and fourth grade inventors traveled to Central Michigan University to participate in the regional Invention Convention competition.  Invention Convention is a national competitive activity that tasks students with identifying a problem, devising a solution, building a prototype and giving a presentation on their work.  The students have been working since September to research a problem, come up with a solution, and build a prototype.  Students could work on their own or with a partner.  Projects ranged from a pillow alarm to dog kennel with a built in vacuum.

At the regional event students explained the problem they were trying to solve and demonstrated their prototype to a panel of judges.  Over 150 students in grades 3-8 participated and three Grayling projects were selected to move on to the state competition at the Henry Ford Museum on April 25.  The three regional winners are Leah Gardner with a net to catch Christmas tree needles; Ayden Rach and Jonas Englehardt, designers of the bunk bed with a crank; and Wyatt Ault and Daniel Kabbe who invented a Water Glider.

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