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University of Iowa News Release

April 27, 2004

(Photos: Left--A young inventor displays her "Blinds By Design" invention at the 2003 Invent Iowa competition. Right--Two young inventors explain their "Easy Under Car Cleaner" to an Invent Iowa judge at the 2003 competition.)

UI To Host Invention Convention May 1

Want to know what a Pickle-Vator does? Or what you can do with a Baggage Bra?

Then you'll need to attend the 2004 Invent Iowa State Invention Convention Saturday, May 1, at the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union. The public is invited to view the inventions between 12:30 and 2 p.m.

The convention - the culmination of local and regional Invention Convention preliminary competitions held across Iowa throughout the past school year - will bring together more than 300 students in grades 3-12 to demonstrate inventions that they think will make life easier for people.

The convention is cosponsored by the UI and ISU colleges of engineering and run 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. The event site alternates between the UI and Iowa State University campuses each year.

To reach the state convention, inventions must first qualify at local and regional conventions sponsored by the state's 15 Area Educational Associations.

Students are encouraged to develop inventions that generally meet the requirements for a patent in the United States: they must be "new, useful and non-obvious." Students are also encouraged to keep journals chronicling their inventions' development from concept to completion.



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