Monday, November 23, 2015

We are Thankful for Mentors!

We are thankful for Mentors!

Participating in our mentor program is a great opportunity to expose students to the world of STEM, teach them about the scientific method, and be a positive role model in their lives. With your help, we can make this year’s Mentor Program a huge success!

If you or others are interested in becoming a 2016 Chicago Student Invention Convention Mentor, please follow the below steps.

1) Review the Chicago Student Invention Convention Mentor Requirements and Expectations.…/0BySTHknvmIQuaFFoUTg0b3hUVVU/view
2) Review the available Mentor Opportunities (participating schools, teachers and classroom availability).…/0BySTHknvmIQuaFFoUTg0b3hUVVU/view
3) Complete the Mentor Signup Form.…/1622yRqfANQ3aTrGxjOzv7b…/viewform…

This form must be completed no later than Friday, December 11th. You will be contacted by December 18th with your match.

Contact with any questions! Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

US2020 Recognizes STEM Mentoring Award Recipients at the White House Complex

July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, US2020 announced the winners of the 2015 STEM Mentoring Awards – a competition launched earlier this year at the White House Science Fair. This afternoon at the White House complex, US2020 and Co-Founding Sponsors Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), will recognize the winners for their exceptional work in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentoring.

The 2015 STEM Mentoring Awards winners will be recognized today in conjunction with the first US2020 STEM Mentoring Symposium sponsored by US2020 Founding Co-Investor, SanDisk. The Symposium will bring together leaders from the public, private, and social sectors to discuss common challenges, share best practices, and reaffirm STEM Mentoring as a powerful tool for education reform.

This year’s winners are: the Chicago Student Invention Convention and University City Science
Center FirstHand for Most Innovative Hands-On Project; Iridescent and We Teach Science for
Excellence in Volunteer Experience; and IBM and NetApp for Excellence in Corporate Culture.
For the inaugural STEM Mentoring Awards, US2020 received submissions from more than 80
organizations in 30 cities representing 13 states across the country.

Most Innovative Hands-on Project winner Chicago Student Invention Convention inspires
curiosity, confidence, and creative problem solving in youth. Their free, flexible program
empowers K-8 students to identify and solve real life issues through designing and prototyping
inventions. Winner FirstHand brings classroom lessons to life for underserved students in reallife
lab environments through engaging projects like making and building with polymers and
DNA “selfies.” Their goal is to spark and nurture a lifelong interest in STEAM and to grow and
diversify the STEM career pipeline.

About US2020
US2020, a division of Citizen Schools, developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative solutions to our STEM education challenges. Its mission is to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects with a focus on serving underrepresented communities -- girls, underrepresented minorities, and low-income children. US2020 is supported by national Co-Investors: Alcoa, CA Technologies, Chevron, Cisco, Cognizant, Discovery Communications, Raytheon, SanDisk, Tata Consultancy Services, and Texas Instruments, as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Through partnerships at the national level and coalitions at the city level, US2020 has built a network of more than 250 organizations in 13 cities actively working to scale the STEM mentoring field, to align the field on common metrics, and to advance a focus on quality. To learn more, visit

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

3rd Chicago Student Invention Convention draws over 250 student inventors K-8


CHICAGO, IL - Over 250 Chicago Public School students from 20 schools in grades K-8 showed off their creativity and innovation at the 2015 Chicago Student Invention Convention on Saturday, May 16th at Clemente High School.

Student inventors presented their inventions to volunteer judges and competed for over $4,000 in scholarships and prizes.  Students also participated in Imagination Station activities, which included a demo station from Mad Science, making goo, DJ Scend from Scratch DJ Academy, science and innovation exploration, fun with data, and designing invention advertisements.  Over 100 volunteers helped with judging, set up, check-in, Imagination Station activities, scoring, food, and awards.

The grand prize winner of an invention prototyping and mentoring opportunity from Imagine-it-Tech and a $500 529 scholarship from Chicago Innovation Awards was Xander Burd, a 6th grader from Skinner West.  He invented the Less Mess S’More Stick, a device to help cleanly remove marshmallows from a roasting stick.

The Chicago Student Invention Convention is a program of Sustain Foundation.  


Congratulations to this year's winners:
Grand Prize:
1st Place: Less Mess S’More Stick, Xander Burd, Skinner West, 6th grade
2nd Place (Imaginator’s Choice): Dream-Recorder, Yanira Soto, Jose de Diego, 6th grade
3rd Place: The Mix Bix 2000, Ashley Bucio & Sophia Hani, Pulaski International, 5th grade

Grade Prize:
K-2nd Grade:
1st Place – Safe House Ball, Asher Fong, Suder, 2nd grade
2nd Place – Doggy Fresh, Izzy Lewis, Suder, 1st grade
3rd Place – The Cool Cup, Simon Kudlov, Suder, 1st grade

3rd Grade:
1st Place – Comfort Pad, Alexandra Cutka, Skinner West
2nd Place – E Fleece, Guthrie Kim, Lenart
3rd Place – The Hamster Tube Declogger, Carmen Krompier, Skinner West

4th Grade:
1st Place – Splitz, Evan Smith, Suder
2nd Place – Beauty Mirror, Mia Baez & Sophie Avila, Lozano
3rd Place – No More Marks Pencil Protector, Amy Kan, Lenart

5th Grade:
1st Place – Bendy Boots, Daniel Pitzele & Krishna Prabhakar, Andrew Jackson
2nd Place – Child Presence Alert System, Ida Maina, Irving
3rd Place – The Future of K-Cups, Kaylynn Smith, Suder

6th Grade:
1st Place – Dispenserz, Diego Araujo, Peterson
2nd Place – Alarm-A-Tone, Elijah Warren-Johnson & Shakariona Buckles, Chicago Collegiate
3rd Place – Sharebuds, Alex Liang & Matthew Chow, STEM Magnet Academy

7th-8th Grades:
1st Place – Shoe Guard, Simon Peterson, Peterson, 8th grade
2nd Place – EZ Toothbrush, Christina Araujo, Peterson, 8th grade
3rd Place – Gamma Draconis, Jessica Guo & Claire Liu, Whitney Young, 8th grade

Honorable Mentions:
The Corder, Elias O’Malley & James Rockey, Whitney Young, 7th grade
Supergloves, Michelle Vasquez & Olivia Dixon, Peterson, 7th grade
Guinea Pig Mobile Penthouse, Jasir Bailey & John “Otto” Siegmund, Suder, 5th grade
Shalt, Emmanuel Ramirez, Irving, 6th grade
Warm-a-Mitt, Robert Thomas, Andrew Jackson, 5th grade
SENSE-A-PEST, Nishchay Kapatral & Saransh Gupta, Andrew Jackson, 5th grade
Create-aid, Eve Fries & Samantha Moyer, Decatur, 5th grade
The C.O.O.L. System, Joaquin Noguera, Skinner West, 3rd grade
Tongue Bug, Tommy Valerius, Skinner West, 3rd grade
Drones Can End Animal Poaching, Alex Reyes & Isaac Chavez, Pulaski, 5th grade
Sticky Snacks, Krista Lopez, Calmeca, 5th grade
Sud-bud, Colin Symons & Ian Katamay, Decatur, 5th grade
The Walkerriser, Damola Fagun & Isis Mitchell, Lozano, 8th grade
Ouch-Free Bandage, Ciara Garcia, Skinner West, 3rd grade
The Fart Silencer, Mekhi Bailey, Skinner West, 3rd grade
Super Utility Boots, Jada Cee, Suder, 3rd grade
Effortless, Makaila Atkins & Jace Guy, Dawes, 7th grade
Doggy Bath Brush, Greta Gillmor, Decatur, 5th grade
Heelz, Lena Schiller, Peterson, 6th grade
Doodle Reusable Pens, Jocelyn Guadarrama & Samantha Soto, Prieto, 6th grade
Pastel Charcoal Grip, Natalie Zajczenko, Peterson, 7th grade
QuadPod, Brody Schwartz & Aidan Chapman, Whitney Young, 7th grade
Music to Go, Joshua Smith, Irving, 8th grade
Turbo Fold Flyer, Logan Harris, Suder, 3rd grade
Ventra Card Gloves, Zoren Co, Suder, 3rd grade
Cap It!, Anjali Prabhakar, Andrew Jackson, 5th grade

To learn more about this event, please contact the program director:
Anneliese Gegenheimer
Twitter: @chikidsinvent

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CCCS Invention Convention

This blog was submitted by Ms. Sutchar from Chicago Collegiate Charter School.

The CCCS Invention Convention was a complete success! From our student inventors to teachers and staff, to parents, and to community members, the school-wide Invention Convention was a blast. Students were excited to share their problem solving strategies and the teachers, parents, and community members were ecstatic to see what the students had created. The judges elected the following students to participate this Saturday at the final round of the Invention Convetion:
4th graders:
Kimore Moore
Ericka Baldwin
Cesar Duran
Rebecca Sparks
Olivia Pryor

6th Graders:
Jonkarey Sanders
Kimberly Lee
India Rials
Shakariona Buckes & Elijah Warren-Johnson
Lavano Foster & Steven Collins
Exaviona Roddy & Anissa Jones

We wish them the best of luck and cannot be more excited to see them share their inventions at the final round this Saturday!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Building Complete!

This blog was submitted by Ms. Sutchar from Chicago Collegiate Charter School.

The Chicago Collegiate 6th graders have completed building their inventions! This took a couple of trial and errors, but the students didn't back down. Their failures fueled them to keep building and learn from their mistakes.

Students learned that although a similar invention may have been created in the past, they could improve upon this idea in order to create an even better invention. This took persistent research and creative thinking! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Suder Students Invent!

This blog was submitted by Ms. Jones from Suder Montessori.

You could feel and see the excitement in the air as the students of Suder Montessori Magnet share their inventions with each other. Students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade were super excited as this was their first year that they got to show off their ideas! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Blastoff to Innovation

This blog was submitted by Ms. Sutchar from Chicago Collegiate Charter School.

From rain getting into their sneakers to forgetting their lunch boxes at home, Chicago Collegiate students are amazed at the number of small problems they encounter on a daily basis. Over the past several weeks students have been brainstorming solutions to common problems they face in their every day lives. As a pride, they have collaborated to establish norms for brainstorming and the most efficient and respectful ways to build upon one another's ideas. They are ready for the challenge! This week scholars will choose a problem to solve for the Invention Convention. They're feeling challenged, and they're feeling excited! Let's see what our innovators have in store this week!

-Ms. Sutchar, Chicago Collegiate Charter School

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Prieto Student Thoughts

This blog post was submitted by the scholars from Prieto Academy.

I love Invention Convention because we get to see real inventors and we also get to see inventions to see what the problem was. We also got to learn about the Cycle of Inventing. We also learned that there is no limits in finding a problem and finding a solution. I love invention convention because we also get to learn more about inventing and how they help us today. 

Here is the Cycle of Inventing and some tips:

1) Find a Problem Tip: Find something that you have a hard time doing, NO LIMITS!
2) Do background research Tip: If your invention is taken, you can think of another invention or you can think of a way to improve the invented invention
3) Brainstorm ways to solve the problem Tip: you can ask friends or family for ideas
4) Plan materials and design Tip: think of the main things you need
5) Build prototype Tip: you can draw the invention first then build
6) Test prototype Tip: please have adult supervision for safety
7) Redesign and retest (if it is necessary) Tip: try using an idea from the people you asked or find the mistake
8) Present results and get feedback Tip: you can use the feedback from others to upgrade your invention 

- Cyanna

I love Invention Convention because I like that we get to come up with a solution to our problems or maybe just think about a solution. - Jocelyn

I love invention convention because we learn how to invent new things. Invention convention shows us people that invent and inspire us to invent new things every day. Invention convention shows us new products that people have made. Invention convention inspired me to come up with a solution to one of my biggest problems. I can't wait to show you my prototype! - Abigail

I love invention convention because you can make new friends. You meet people who have the same problems as you. You have so much fun. The cycle of invention is the steps you have to take to create an invention. Step 1 is think of a problem. Step 2 is do background research. Step 3 brainstorm ways to solve the problem. Step 4 is to plan your materials and design. Step 5 is to build a prototype. Step 6 test you prototype. Step 7 redesign and retest if it is necessary. Step 8 is to present and get feedback. Then your done you have your invention. Yup that fast. It's not magic or a talent... anyone can invent. You just need a pencil, a piece of paper, a group of people, and your smart brain. - Roxanna

In Invention Convention you could actually invent the solution and it's actually fun to compete at the end of the project. Also I've learned that you could collaborate with people to work together. - Alondra

I love invention convention because there is a bunch of research that you have to do so then that helps you with other subjects that are like reading or social studies because you have to research. Also because invention convention helps you understand to open your mind and get out there in the world and start solving problems from the community and help others with their problems! The cycle of invention is a set of directions that help you make your invention and help you to it and for you to not start the club all willy billy and think that you could come up with a bunch of ideas that you think that you could make your invention that fast! - Abner

I really love inventing so I got a wonderful thing to invent. So then this program or club came out that's one of the reasons that I loved this program. The second reason why I really loved this program is that we could make something amazing and be know as the person that helped the world in many good things like save energy and a new way of thinking or a new way of technology. And the best thing of all you can get creative. - Ilan