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Wed, June 23

Students to present innovative projects at Invention Convention tomorrow

WILLIAMS - The Invention Convention - featuring the inventions of students grades sixth-eighth - begins at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) gymnasium, 601 N. Seventh St. The event is open to the public.

Students are participating in the Invention Convention, an international invention contest held annually by Houghton Mifflin Company, publisher of Houghton Mifflin Science Discovery Works, a national science program for students in grades kindergarten through eighth. The intent of this contest is to encourage creativity and problem solving skills among students. Participants in the program identify a need or solve a problem by following the same steps and patent application procedures that an inventor would follow in patenting an invention.

Students in Ms. Wengreen's science classes have spent the last six weeks designing, building, and testing their inventions. The inventions will be judged by a panel that includes Judge Bill Sutton, Eric Savage, Leslie Mitchell, Jesse Anderson, Mike Fleishman, Larry Gutshal, Kristi Fredrickson, David Nenne and Karen Macks. Judges rate the inventions on a variety of factors, including how well the invention addresses a problem, how thoroughly the invention was researched, and how well the invention was designed and constructed.

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