The Future is Now
Futuristic products like the “zipperless zipper” and a mini generator were some of the best ideas presented by area middle school students this week at the annual Invention Convention.
Each year, poster projects and skits acted out by the teams demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed inventions, while PowerPoint presentations explain how the students created their products. Students spend the academic year developing and building their creations with a teacher mentor. Some of their work is funded by BSU and its The Center for PreK-12 Educational Outreach.
The center’s director, Mary Price, said the primary goal of the event is to pique young students' interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.
Again this year, the slate of inventions were impressive, Ms. Price said. "The presentations showed how hard the students worked this year," she said. "In my book everyone is a winner."
This year’s winning teams and their inventions were:
Best Use of Technology Safe Cuffs - Silver Lake Middle School, Kingston
Most Likely to be Marketed Zipidy Do Dah Zipperless Zipper - Ahern Middle School, Foxboro
Honorable Mention Independence Shower - Chapman Middle School, Weymouth
Honorable Mention Safe Tent - Harwich Middle School, Harwich
3rd Place Portable Solar Power Charger - Silver Lake Middle School, Kingston
2nd Place "Credit Tracker App - Chatham Middle School, Chatham
1st Place The Mini Hydropower Generator - Bird Middle School, Walpole
(Story by John Winters, G '11; photos by student Keri Spero; University News)