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University of Iowa News Release

April 14, 2006

UI To Host 19th Annual State Invention Convention April 22

The University of Iowa will host the 19th annual Invent Iowa State Invention Convention Saturday, April 22 in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The event, 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 Iowa State University colleges of Engineering, alternates between the UI and ISU campuses each year.

This year's event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will bring together 372 inventors and co-inventors of 276 inventions representing 151 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 12:30 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 Clar M. Baldus, Ph.D., 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 J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Clar M. Baldus, Invent Iowa state coordinator, 800-336-6463, 319-384-0007,