The 22nd Annual Invention Convention hosted by Educational Service Unit #11 of Holdrege, and organized by Tim Burke, Director of Gifted Education was held Monday, April 15, 2013 at Pioneer Village in Minden. 138 inventors in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 participated. Participating schools included: Alma, Cambridge, Franklin, Holdrege, Minden, and Wilcox-Hildreth.
This year there was a tie for the Harold Warp Memorial Inventors’ Choice Award. The winners were Brianna Kuehn, 3rd Grade, Minden Elementary with Jell-O Chip, Display #3-8 and Sydney Reed and Alivia Nelson, 6th Grade, Holdrege Middle School with Commercial Chooser, Display #6-5. Inventors’ Choice winners received a certificate and will share a traveling trophy that will be displayed at their respective schools. Each inventor at Invention Convention casts one vote for their favorite invention to determine the winner.
Students were first judged in their grade level which was divided into groups called “Inventor’s Circles”. There were 14 different Inventor’s Circles which each had a 1st,
2nd, and 3rd place winner. The judges then picked a champion for each Grade Level. Grade Level Winners were as follows:
3rd Grade: Maylee Kamery, Minden Elementary, Display #3-4, Cozy Coozies
4th Grade: Gage Huston, Holdrege R-7, Display #4-11, NewZooka
5th Grade: Claire Harrison, Franklin, Display #5-7, iBake
6th Grade: Sam Gerdes, Franklin, Display #6-3, Emergency Preparedness Pack
7th Grade: Jianna Sorensen & Rylie Cole, Minden C L Jones, Display #7-1, Duct Tape Electronic Holder
8th Grade: Owen Bridges, Minden C L Jones. Display #8-1, Flying Power