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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 2, 2005

Iowa K-12 Students Picked To Display Gadgets At State Fair Aug. 13

The University of Iowa has selected (NAME) of (HOMETOWN) and (SCHOOL) to display his/her entry from the state's invention competition, the (INVENTION), in the UI booth at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines Saturday, Aug. 13.

Thirteen participants in the 2005 Invent Iowa State Invention Convention, held at Iowa State University in April, were selected to showcase their inventions in the UI's state fair booth in the Varied Industries Building. The inventions were selected as representative examples of the many imaginative, inspired and often very useful items generated by bright minds across Iowa and presented annually at the annual Invention Conventions.

The Invention Convention, sponsored by the UI 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 Invention Convention brought together 326 inventors and co-inventors of 246 inventions representing 141 Iowa cities and towns. To reach the state level, students are encouraged to develop inventions that meet the general 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.

The Invent Iowa exhibit is just one of many being offered this year in the UI booth through the run of the state fair, Aug. 11-21. The booth, located in the southwest quadrant of the Varied Industries Building, will also feature visits by Hawkeye athletes, Herky and other special guests, as well as daily drawings for giveaways, Hawkeye temporary tattoos, health checks and information and dozens of daily presentations on everything from art and archaeology to space science and surgery.

More information about the UI's presence at the 2005 Iowa State Fair can be found online at

EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that someone from your coverage area is mentioned. Information follows below, alphabetically, in this order: hometown, name, invention, school. Entries with asterisks denote co-inventors of the same invention.

AUDUBON: Rachel Hansen, Messless Chef '05, Audubon Middle School

CENTRAL CITY: Rachael Enabnit, Baby Hide Out, Central City Community Schools

COLUMBUS JUNCTION: Elyssa McFarland, Turn Feeder, Columbus Community Schools

DURANGO: Taz Kammiller, Marshmallow Roaster, Sageville Elementary School

*GOWRIE: Ross Wiley, Plastic Bottle Cutter, Prairie Valley Middle School

*GOWRIE: Logan Pontius, Plastic Bottle Cutter, Prairie Valley Middle School

GRINNELL: Blake Scurr, Bottle Buoy, Grinnell Middle School

JOHNSTON: Megan Vaughan, Lock-O-Matic, Horizon Elementary

*NEVADA: Seth Gerlach, 5-in-1 Ice Scraper, Nevada Middle School

*NEVADA: Benjamin Cook, 5-in-1 Ice Scraper, Nevada Middle School

NEWTON: Tyler Latcham, Cord Separator, Berg Middle School

OTTUMWA: Bryan LaRue, Handicapped Hunters' Tray, Eisenhower Elementary School

WEBSTER CITY: Colin Ryan, Perpetual Motion Magnetic Generator, Webster City Middle School

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

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