When Rosemont School wants to challenge its seventh grade science students every year the teachers ask them to invent something helpful or useful.
This year the Invention Convention on Dec. 11 produced such clever projects as the Doggy Drying Mat from Mia Yelich to Kyle McGovern’s Traveling Pocket (a sealable plastic pouch to protect electronic devices from falling out of his pocket), and Isabella Commiso’s Knotty Knot-er, a burlap reinforced yarn pull at the waist to stop her baggy shirt from flapping.
Colleen Casey, a veteran Irish dancer, was frustrated when her knit socks kept sliding down with inferior elastic tops. Irish step dancers get marked down if the costume isn’t perfect.
She sewed Velcro inside the socks and on the outside of the nylons underneath. She’s tested it in competition and won. She also won an “outstanding” in the fair.
Eddy Milushev won “best in show” for Kwikcool, a method to quickly stop devices like computers from overheating.
Arleth Melendez Aguirre says, with two siblings, there frequently is a lot of dust or crumbs on the floor. She invented The Less Mess Dustpan, with a moving flap that extends down to the floor and a hole underneath into which she slides a plastic sandwich box. The dust gets swept inside, the flap serves as a temporary top to avoid spillage, and the filled container slides out later and gets tossed in the trash. She also won an outstanding.
And, for someone who can’t see to get out of bed at night to get to the bathroom, Alissa Gonzalez invented “Lazy Lights.”
Take one set of footed pajamas, glue electric colored lights on top of each foot, and when you wake up in the dark, turn on attached buttons on your feet on and you can see where you’re going.