Over 1,100 students from 41 schools across the Capital Region submitted applications to the 2015 Invention Convention. Of those, 100 inventions were chosen as semi-finalists, including 11 that were imagined by the following students in Mrs. Kat McCleneghen’s Young Scholars classes:
The annual regional and statewide Invention Convention is organized and run by volunteer scientists, engineers, patent attorneys, agents, and others in collaboration with the Museum of Science and Innovation (MiSci) in Schenectady.
Students in grades K-8 were invited to submit an original idea for something that would help people in their daily lives. Mrs. McCleneghen helped her students through the application process, which included writing a catchy title for their inventions and a succinct description of how the invention solves a specific problem.
“We tried to come up with inventions that would help students in their own daily lives,” said Mrs. McCleneghen. “In the process, we learned about inventors and discussed the difference between inventions and innovations.”
The 100 semi-finalists were invited to create a 3D model of their inventions, which were then displayed at MiSci from May 1-21, 2015. On the last day of the exhibit, students and their families and teachers were invited to an awards ceremony where 25 finalists were announced.
We are proud to say that two of the 25 finalists are Mrs. McCleneghen’s students: Caitlin Doyle from Ballston Spa Middle School and Emily Powers from Granville Elementary School! This marks the second consecutive year that Emily’s invention has been named a finalist in the Invention Convention.
Invention Convention is made possible through the volunteer and financial support of a number of community partners. 2015 supporters included the following: