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University of Iowa News Release

July 30, 2003

Invent Iowa Students To Display Creations At State Fair Aug. 9

(STUDENT NAME) of (HOMETOWN) and a student at (SCHOOL) is one of 11 participants in the 2003 state Invent Iowa convention selected to display their inventions at the University of Iowa booth at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Saturday, Aug. 9. His/her invention, (INVENTION NAME), will be on display from (DISPLAY TIME) and was selected by the UI's Office of University Relations from among hundreds showcased in April during the 2003 state Invent Iowa convention on the Iowa State University campus.

Invent Iowa is sponsored by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, which is part of the UI College of Education, and by the UI and Iowa State University colleges of engineering. The annual convention, held on the UI and ISU campuses alternate years, brings together students in third grade through high school to demonstrate inventions that they believe will make life easier for people.

The inventions are among dozens of exhibits the UI is planning for its booth during the fair's run from Aug. 7-17. The UI booth is located in the southwest corner of the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building.

This year's UI booth, whose theme is "Iowa: Your University," promises to be better than ever, with daily drawings for arts and athletic events, visits by such Hawkeye sports luminaries as Bill Reichardt and Chuck Hartlieb and dozens of interactive exhibits demonstrating why the UI is Iowa's university.

For more information about the UI's presence at the fair, including schedules, directions and maps, visit the UI's State Fair website at

EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release means that someone from your coverage area was selected to display his or her invention at the Iowa State Fair. Students are listed by hometown, followed by name, school, invention and display time. Des Moines-area students' street addresses are also included. Inventions with an asterisk indicate that a co-inventor is named elsewhere on the list.

AMES: Shelby Smith, Nevada Middle School, "Smell-O-Pads," 9 to 10:30 a.m.

CARROLL: Tasha Loew, Carroll Middle School, "Blinds By Design," 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Jake Gentile, St. Albert's, "The Elephant Flush," 9 to 10:30 a.m.

DES MOINES (6909 Starview St.): Lindsay Richardson, Studebaker School, "Hall Helper," 9 to 10:30 a.m.

DUBUQUE: Brooke Furlong, Eisenhower Elementary, "The Muffin Mate," 12:30 to 2 p.m.

ELMA: Aaron Burke, St. Joseph Community School (New Hampton), "FridgeBot 2003" (with co-inventor Matt Sanford of New Hampton), 12:30 to 2 p.m.

HUMBOLDT: Mallory Johnson, Taft Elementary School, "Lindsay & Mallory's Floating Reflective Recycle Receptacle" (with co-inventor Lindsay Martin of Humboldt), 12:30 to 2 p.m.

HUMBOLDT: Lindsay Martin, Taft Elementary School, "Lindsay & Mallory's Floating Reflective Recycle Receptacle" (with co-inventor Mallory Johnson of Humboldt), 12:30 to 2 p.m.

NEW HAMPTON: Matt Sanford, St. Joseph Community School, "FridgeBot 2003" (with co-inventor Aaron Burke of Elma), 12:30 to 2 p.m.

ODEBOLT: Kellyanne and Karleigh Gunderson, Odebolt-Arthur Elementary, "The Tap Helper," 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,