Norwalk Student Inventors Move On To Compete At National Conference This Summer

Norwalk Student Inventors Move On To Compete At National Conference This Summer
Posted on 05/03/2018
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Norwalk Public School students have been dreaming up and creating inventions from the “Hockeynator” to “Bendy The Book Buddy” as part of the Connecticut Invention Convention program. Now, five elementary school students from across the district will advance to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo to be held in Michigan on May 31 to June 3.


Norwalk Public School Finalists Advancing To The National Invention Convention Conference:


Kylie Barrera - "Safe Food"

Grade 4 Naramake Elementary School


Anna Kiriakidis -"Bendy the Book Buddy"

Grade 4 Tracey Elementary School 

Holden LeGette - "Hockeynator"

Grade 4 Tracey Elementary School

Stella Sweitzer - "The Clean Cut"

Grade 5 Rowayton Elementary School

Tyler Consolati - "Vacuum Snake"

Grade 5 Wolfpit Elementary School


“As part of the district’s commitment to increase rigor in academic programs, and our year-long study to redesign our academically talented program, our schools are increasing their participation in regional and national competitions,” said Yvette Goorevitch, NPS Chief, Specialized Learning and Student Services. “Our expanded involvement in this year’s Invention Convention reflects our commitment to incorporate problem solving and independent thinking into our daily curricula opportunities. We’re proud of the success our students achieved throughout the regional and state competitions.”

In March, 57 students, representing all of Norwalk’s public elementary and middle schools, presented their unique inventions to judges at the Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) regionals in Hamden. Inventions ranged from an ice cream cone crate to a vacuum snake used to help clean baseboard heaters. From there, 31 students were selected to advance to the Connecticut Invention Convention Finals, which took place at UConn’s Gampel Pavilion on April 28.

The National Conference is an invitation-only event, which will be held at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. The event is the U.S. national finals of the local, regional and state invention convention competitions across the country. For additional information regarding the event click here.

The Invention Convention gives students the opportunity to independently demonstrate their innovations as they present a new product or process to solve real-world problems. 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.  The finals allows young entrepreneurs to present their inventions to an authentic audience of judges.