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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 second annual Invention Convection—taking place at F. R. Haythorne Junior High on May 5. “Each of us came up with a solution to a real-life problem,” says Zenan, a Grade 8 student who attends F.R. Haythorne Junior High. “We had that ‘aha! moment’ and using what we’ve learned in class were actually able to develop an invention for it. It’s pretty awesome, I think.”

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 been working on their inventions and are excited to finally be able to show them off,” says Danielle Nelson, 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, close to 140 junior high students will showcase their inventions at the 2017 Invention Convention. Some of the inventions include a cage-console caddy, for when your mom asks you to hold her purse in the car; a parasol pack, which is an umbrella backpack; a greasy-gone we nap-can, a bowl napkin for popcorn lovers; the Fallen Torch, a video game coded entirely by students; 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: exceptionally creative 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, the Royal Bank of Canada, First Student (Canada), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Samsung. A special thanks goes to F.R. Haythorne Junior High for hosting the event and the other participating junior high schools—Ardrossan Junior Senior High, Clover Bar Junior High, and, from Edmonton Public Schools, Dan Knott School.

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 5, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 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 www.thelearningpartnership.ca.

EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,100 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. To learn more visit www.eips.ca.

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For more information contact:
Danielle Nelson, consultant, Supports for Students, EIPS 780-417-8114
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902