University of Idaho to Host Ingenious Kid Inventors and Inventions, March 10

Friday, March 2 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho ā€“ Imagine camping in style with Crank-O-Wave, a hand-cranked microwave created by a fifth-grade inventor in the Invent Idaho student competition.

Or perhaps after a few too many sā€™ mores, the buttons on your pants are digging in, causing discomfort. Put an end to that problem with The Button Cover, designed by an Invent Idaho fourth grader.

These inventions are products of Invent Idaho, a statewide program initiated in 1989. It provides a forum for thousands of young inventors in grades one through eight. The inventors participate in progressive levels of competition, including three regional events held across Idaho, culminating in the Invent Idaho State Finals event, to be held at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow on Saturday, March 10 in the Student Union Building ā€“ or SUB.

"The University of Idaho is committed to STEM education from kindergarten through college," said President M.Duane Nellis. "That's why we're pleased to host the Invent Idaho State Finals in Moscow as an event that inspires brighter futures for individual students and for Idaho."

Inventions on display at the State Finals also will include improved body armor for soldiers; a poncho that protects kids and their backpacks from the elements, and lights up to protect them from traffic; and Dr. Zoom, a non-working model of a high-speed computer that combines essential diagnostics capabilities with access to an on-line medical library that compares the patient's data to potential illnesses.

The event is free of charge. The public is invited to see the inventions and talk to inventors from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the SUB.

The viewing public is urged to cast their votes for the best inventions. Award winners will be announced at 2 p.m.; inventions and student inventors will be on hand until 3 p.m.

The event showcases the innovations of Idaho students from Boise to Sandpoint. Their projects are judged in five distinct categories: working models, non-working models, adaptations, games, and the Jules Verne category.

Two best-of-show winners will receive a free patent search and a LEGO robotics kit, while five best-of-category winners earn a science electronics kit.

2012 Invent Idaho sponsors include: Van Etten Studios, the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center, Intermax Networks, Discover Technology, Prodigy Northwest, Lukins & Annis, Rathdrum Power, the University Inn Best Western at Moscow, and the University of Idaho.

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