With the school year under way, extracurriculars are as common to student life as breathing air. The High Ability Learners (H.A.L.) Program is no exception to extra work outside of school, as they were recently introduced to the Invention Convention Competition by Janelle Jack, Coordinator of Gifted Education at the ESU 11.
These students have about 5 months to come up with an idea for an invention that will fix something that annoys them in their everyday life. Once students decide on an idea, they will design their invention and make a prototype to show what it will look like. Students will also create a tri-fold poster and present their idea to a judge.
The event will be held on March 16th, 2017 in Minden at The Pioneer Village, where over 150 students from other ESU 11 schools in the area will participate. Student will be split up according to grade level and then split up again into smaller “Inventors Circles” categories. First through third place winners are announced for each circle, and then an overall winner is announced from each grade.
The Invention Convention Program itself is operated by a nonprofit organization that encourages students to be excited about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) learning. Originally, it was a program designed for Ohio, but it exploded in popularity and has now been a part of the ESU 11 for twenty-six years.
While the event isn’t until March, expect to see students everywhere looking at everyday parts of their lives in new ways looking for inspiration for a million dollar idea. With so many kids excited about learning due to fun programs such as this, it will be no surprise if they end up changing the world.
By Jade Gonzalez