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Aug. 6, 2007

Iowa K-12 Students Chosen To Share Inventions At State Fair Aug. 11

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. 11.

Eleven participants in the 2007 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 at the annual Invention Conventions.

The students will display their inventions during one-hour rotating shifts, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., showcasing everything from a Super Tie, inspired by a younger sibling who couldn't tie his shoes, to The Walker Tray, created to assist an aunt with limited mobility.

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 357 students, who represented 135 towns and 146 schools. 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. 9-19. The booth, located in the southwest quadrant of the Varied Industries Building, will also feature visits by new UI President Sally Mason, Hawkeye athletes, Herky and other special guests, as well as Hawkeye temporary tattoos, health checks and information, and dozens of daily presentations on everything from foreign languages to fun in the pharmacy.

More information about the UI's presence at the 2007 Iowa State Fair can be found online at

For more information about Invent Iowa, visit

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

BLUE GRASS: Lindsay O'Keefe, Mobile Coat, Williams Intermediate School


Megan England, The Tiny Tot Trotter, Bowman Woods Elementary School

Mary Korch, Super Tie, Coolidge Elementary School

DAVENPORT: Elizabeth Wallick, The Walker Tray, Paul Norton Elementary School

FAIRFAX: Austin Wisnousky, Fun BB Fertilizer, Prairie Heights Elementary School

GREENE: Addison Johnson, Get Moving Game, Greene Elementary School

KNOXVILLE: * Rachel Morgan, Compact Car Compactor, East Elementary School

KNOXVILLE: * Jocelyn Beaver, Compact Car Compactor, East Elementary School

MADRID: Michael Rimathe, Haul-N-Hunt, North Polk Central Elementary School

MARION: Austin Flieder, Super Sifter, Novak Elementary School

ODEBOLT: Jake Wulf, The Privy Prop, Odebolt-Arthur Elementary School

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

CONTACT: Clair Baldus, Belin-Blank Center, 319-335-6189 or, or Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,