June 04, 2012
ESU 10 held the 12th Annual Regional Invention Convention on Thursday, April 12, 2012 for area students in grades three through eight. The Invention Convention is an event that gives students an opportunity to solve problems, think creatively, experiment, and work with data independently as they invent a new product or process.
Participants are encouraged to identify a need or to solve a problem by following the same steps and patent application procedures that an inventor would follow in patenting an invention. Once a need or a problem has been identified, students are directed to use problem-solving and creative-thinking skills to invent a product or process that would fill the need or overcome the problem. Communication skills are also greatly enhanced throughout the invention procedure as students will be present to answer questions about their inventions. Kelly Clapp, Professional Development Coordinator at ESU 10, says, "Through these experiences we hope to see the youth of our schools gain the positive attitude and problem-solving skills which are so crucial to future success in the work force."