Sherwood Park, AB. — With their self-created gadgets and products, market-wise slogans and well-rehearsed elevator pitches, young inventors from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are sure to impress at the third annual Invention Convention – taking place at F.R. Haythorne Junior High on May 28.

“I always look forward to seeing the other inventions,” says Catie Dempsey, a Grade 8 student at Ardrossan Junior Senior High. “But the best part is getting to present my own. We worked hard on our project and I always love showing it off.”

The Invention Convention, hosted by EIPS and The Learning Partnership, is an innovative program that offers students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they’ve mastered in class by inventing a new product or process. In September, students were introduced to The Learning Partnership’s Investigate! Invent! Innovate! (I3) program, which integrates science, technology, engineering and math with 21st century competencies. All participating students were asked to identify a problem in their daily lives and then create something, using the skills they’ve learned in class, to make their lives easier.

“All year, our students have worked on their inventions and are excited to finally be able to show them off,” says Jonathon Thomas, a consultant with Learning Services at EIPS. “Ultimately the goal of the program is to foster the development of basic science, engineering and math skills in a way that also encourages students to think creatively, problem solve and experiment.”

In total, more than 150 junior high students will showcase their inventions at the 2018 Invention Convention. Some of the inventions include a perfect tea-steeper, to ensure a great cup of tea every time; a drip drop stop, preventing ice cream from dripping down an arm; highway moose deterrent, to keep the animal away from busy roads; plus much more.

“Investigate, invent and innovate—that’s what the I3 program challenges students to do,” says Sid Shugarman, the program manager of The Learning Partnership’s I3 program. “And, that’s why it works. It’s an authentic learning opportunity encouraging students to explore their investigative, inventive and innovative experience. The result is exceptionally created projects and an instilled passion for science, math and technology, which will serve them well in their future careers.”

The Invention Convention is sponsored by The Learning Partnership, Toronto District School Board, Community Foundation of Ottawa, ArcelorMittal, Province of Ontario and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. A special thanks goes to F.R. Haythorne Junior High for hosting the event and the other participating junior high schools—Clover Bar Junior High, Ardrossan Junior Senior High and Rudolph Hennig Junior High.

Representatives of the media, family and community are invited to join students to explore their interactive exhibits. There will also be an opportunity to take photos and to speak with students about their clever inventions.

Event details:

Date: May 28, 2018

Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: F.R. Haythorne, gymnasium, 300 Colwill Blvd., Sherwood Park


The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote, and advance publicly funded education in Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in the Learning Partnership’s programs. To learn more visit

EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.



For more information contact:
Jonathon Thomas, Learning Services consultant, Supports for Students 780-417-8245
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902