CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Young inventors gather March 5 in Cedar Rapids
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 150 elementary, junior high and middle school
students will be showcasing their inventions Wednesday, March 5 in Cedar Rapids
as part of a regional round of "Invent Iowa!"
Students in the Grant Wood Area Education Agency schools will present their
creations at the regional "Invention Convention" at the Five Seasons
Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids. The public is invited to view
the inventions during a one-hour session, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Winners advance to the state Invention
Convention April 12 in Des Moines.
A not-for-profit program administered by a volunteer board of directors and
The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education
and Talent Development at the University of Iowa College of Education, Invent
Iowa! is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The program is designed to foster creativity in children in grades kindergarten
through eighth grade. Students use a variety of academic skills -- including
reading, library research, field research, science, technology, and others
-- to identify a practical need or problem and create an invention to address
More than 32,000 students participate in the program annually. Through a
series of local conventions, inventions are judged by independent panels.
Outstanding entries are recommended to advance to regional and state competition.
EDITORS NOTE: The upcoming regional Invention Convention is part of a series
of competitions leading up to the statewide Invention Convention in Des Moines
on Saturday, April 12. Each regional is held by an Area Education Agency (AEA).
Here's a schedule of the regional competitions.
ELKADER (Keystone AEA): Monday, Feb. 24
BETTENDORF (Mississippi Bend AEA): Saturday, March 1
OTTUMWA (Southern Prairie AEA): Saturday, March 1
CEDAR RAPIDS (Grant Wood AEA): Wednesday, March 5
CLEAR LAKE (Northern Trails AEA): Saturday, March 15
FORT DODGE (Arrowhead AEA): Saturday, March 8
MARSHALLTOWN (AEA 6): Saturday, March 8
CEDAR FALLS (AEA 7): Monday, March 3
JOHNSTON (Heartland AEA): Saturday, March 1
COUNCIL BLUFFS (Loess Hills): Saturday, March 8
BURLINGTON (Great River AEA): Tuesday, March 18