Monday, April 21, 2014

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

Congratulations to the finalists from 10 Chicago schools that will go on to participate in the final Invention Convention event on May 17th!

3rd Grade
Adapt-A-Specs - Bella Parekh
All in One Magic Math Tool - Wendy Wang
Camping Medicine Bracelet - James Hernandez
Can-O-Bot - Janet Gomez
Eye Glass Cleaner - Avianna Berry
Flat-O-Matic - Lucas Wang
Hot Shields - Emil Lockett
Lego House - Jamauri Davis
The Apron Helper - Tyler Ellis
The Backpack Jack - Lola Prisco
The Butterstick - Autumn DeBonnett & Ariel McGee
The Fish Filternet - Max Matthes
The Instant Table Cleaner - Turner Ferguson
The Masor - Cosette Rivera & Trayi Sharma
The Rain Roller - Tyler Golod
The Shot Shield - Colin Schaffner

4th Grade
Anti Gun Violence Sensor - Ida Maina
Flip Table - Seamus Chiles-Troutman & Chloe Chiles-Troutman
Forget Me Not Pot - Anjali Prabhakar
Fun Plugs! - Joia Brewington
How Do I Save My Crayons? - Kassia Williams
Lego Sorter - Mason Daly & Luke Malin
Mop Boots - Tavares Coates & Takiyah Coates
Mud Out! - Elijah Robertson & Kameron Williams
Nice Gardening - Nathan Chan
No Fish Die! - Quinlan Daly & Otto Siegmund
Perfect Pitcher - Nishchay Kapatral & Richard Zhou
Salt Shovel Shaker - Daniel Pitzele & Krishna Prabhakar
Scrubber Dubber - Alejandro Kresser
Stick the Nail Polish - Jori Shorter
The Electro-Hat - Nolan Danby & Jameson Koonce
The Waterboot - Adam Jaramillo
Triple Clean Shoe - Chlesea Thorpe
Turn-it! - Sophia Lopez & Sophia Rebolledo
Viper - Jasir Bailey & Elliott Gallas
Waterproof Socks - Nyiisha Spears

5th Grade
2 in 1 Brush & Paste - Jasel Hernandez
21st Century TV Tray - Lena Washington
Auto-Cake Slicer - Derrion Johnson, Terrion Johnson, Zharia Owens, & Kahlani Peterson
Better Bottle - Jason Guo
Cargo-Loaded Sweater – Terrence Conley & Joshua Roberts
Clip-O-Bands - Evelina Caref & Simone Hooper
Comfort Cushion - Rachael Hill
Dance Socks - Canaan Booker
EZ Trash - Fernando Lobato
Go Go Glasses - Lourdes Garduno & Aaron Sanchez
Homework Agenda - Ethan Davis
Miracle Brush - Ella Almer
Mobile Entertain - Martin McIntosh & Faizi Tofighi
Nice Ice Tray - Katelyn McBride
Personal Air Freshener - Timothy Chyu
Pretty Paint Protectors - Naomi Hill
Robo-Baby - Dononvan Jones & Chauncey Leonard
Sammy Clips - Fiona Lyons-Carlson & Najeo Sillah
Seat Saver - Maya Meiners
Simple Beauty (SB) - Valentina Flores
Skate Protector - Daisha Henderson
Snack-Pants - Ian Bermudez & David Rincon
Socks Saver - Aliya Jackson
Spectacular Specs - Rimari Edwards
Student Helper - Andrew Diaz
The Bunion Straightener - Jamil Clayton
The Colorful Shoe 3000 - Ayodele Thomas-Kadirifu
The Door Closer - Ethan Nakashima
The Jug Lifter - Ryan Wong
The Leaf Catcher - Isabelle Kanoski & Chloe Kurka
The Make-Up Blade - Julia Gonzalez
The Protector - Alexus Bautista
The Recyclinator - Jasmine Lopez & Lizbeth Robles
The Remote Beeper - Liam Kelso
The Roller Blanket - Matthew Cordova
The Shoe Shower - Emmanuel Ramirez
The Third Eye - Alex Jiang
The Waste Can - William Burgess & James Whittington
Word Master 3000 – Adrianna Elliott

6th Grade
Cast Couture - Anisah Adeagbo & I'deyah Ricketts
Clutch Guard - Aysia Grey & Lila Macklin
Dead or Alive - Darinka Stepan
Drink Socks - Kylie Rose
Homemade Air Conditioner - Faye Connolly & Amaya Whaley
Ice Helmet - Jonathon Medrano
Jewelanator  - Unique Martinez & Emelly Pantoja
Kid Chip - Mya Free & Tiana Jackson
No-Stick Broom - Zipporah Auta & Alexandria Virgini
Penchel  - Sophia  Diaz & Mary Tabiti 
Selfie Mirror - Dailyn Davis & Mei Lin Morales
The Helping Hand - Jordan Crespo
The Ice Melting Boot - Manuel Quintana
The ScSet - James Torres
Toby - Ja'nel Commings
Toothbrush 3000 - Kaushal Patel
Ventra Glove - Nyomii Spears
Yo Knobs - Skylar Towns

7th Grade
Dishwasher Helper - Vourje Tidwell
Double Doggie Thirst Bowl - Leslie Alejandro
My Chicken's Keeper - Susy Morales
Parapluie - Stefany Leal & Gabriela Martinez
Phone Saver - Angelica Ramos & Jacy Rogers
The Zoom Shopping Cart - Lilly Madrigal - Arihana Figueroa & Valerie Rodriguez
The Protector - Jeffrey Ren

8th Grade
Ball Cleaner - Mario Ramirez
Lazy Teacher - Denise Garcia & Alejandra Pantoja
Solar-Powered Tablet - Yamari Schumaker
Improved Rocket Fuel - Kyle Santiago


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Andrew Jackson Elementary Language Academy Outreach!

We are very excited to recently have had the opportunity to visit the Andrew Jackson Elementary Language Academy inventors! Patrick Harris, the Chief of Product, and Edward Spriggins, the Business Development Manager, of iMagine-it-Tech were kind enough to join us and speak with the students.

The inventors each introduced themselves and named an invention they used that day. Once everyone was acquainted, the inventors learned about famous inventions by Chicago inventors! Among those are the ferris wheel, deep dish pizza and the zipper.

Mr. Harris and Mr. Spriggins shared with the inventors their experiences with engineering and challenged them to use their imagination and creativity throughout the Invention Convention process. Mr. Harris and Mr. Spriggins taught the inventors about Arduino and used wearable technology as an example of how it can be used.

Each of the inventors then used household items and their creativity to reinvent their assigned item. Mr. Harris spent time with the inventors giving a closer demonstration of the Arduino and answered their questions about Arduino, engineering and his experiences.

As we wrapped up our time with the Andrew Jackson Elementary Language Academy inventors, we were given a sneak peak into the inventions they were creating. We want to thank Ms. Prabhakar for hosting our event, Mr. Harris and Mr. Spriggins for participating and sharing their experiences and knowledge, and, of course, all of the inventors!

Outreach at Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual and International Center!

After going around the room and naming inventions they had used that day, the students at Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual and International Center reviewed the steps of the Invention Process.

Once the young inventors were all refreshed on the cycle of inventing, they had the pleasure of meeting the Chief of Product Development at iMagine-it-Tech, Patrick Harris. Mr. Harris gave a very interesting presentation on wearable technology and learning about what it takes to be an inventor. Mr. Harris stressed the importance of math and science but also emphasized the necessity of being creative and imaginative.

At the conclusion of Mr. Harris’ speech, the students broke into small groups and were each given an item. Within their group, they discussed what their invention was, what it is used for and how they could change it or improve it. Whether it was using an ice tray as storage or a spoon as a catapult, each invention soon became something different than originally intended!

At the conclusion of the outreach, the inventors shared with us some of their ideas for inventions and had the opportunity to ask questions to a real life engineer. We would like to thank Ms. Scampini for welcoming and hosting us and Mr. Harris for taking the time out of his busy schedule to participate in the Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual and International Center outreach!