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University of Iowa News Release

April 26, 2005

Iowa State University To Host Invention Convention April 30

What do a Boredom Buster, a Hermit Crab House and Detecto Paste have in common? They're some of the inventive names given to inventions that will be on display during the 18th annual Invent Iowa State Invention Convention Saturday, April 30, at Iowa State University's Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

The event, sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Education's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development and the UI and ISU Colleges of Engineering, alternates between the two campuses each year.

This year's event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will bring together 326 inventors and co-inventors of 246 inventions representing 141 Iowa cities and towns. The convention, a culmination of local and regional competitions, is open to students in grades three to 12. Public viewing time is 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Students selected as meritorious winners each receive a $50 savings bond.

Additionally, six entrants may win scholarships from the Colleges of Engineering that can be applied toward tuition if the students decide to attend either ISU's or the UI's engineering schools.

Invent Iowa is open to all Iowa students. Each year more than 30,000 students participate in Invent Iowa activities.

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 also are encouraged to keep journals chronicling their inventions' development from concept to completion.

For more information contact Dr. Clar M. Baldus at 800-336-6463, or by email at

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

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Clar M. Baldus, Invent Iowa state coordinator, 800-336-6463, 319-384-0007,