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Child inventors meet March 15 in Mason City

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Elementary and junior high students in schools served by the Northern Trails Area Education Agency in Mason City will showcase their creativity Saturday, March 15 as part of a regional round of the 10th annual "Invent Iowa!" program.

Schools in the Northern Trails AEA will hold an Invention Convention from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southbridge Mall in Mason City. Inventions created by students will be on display.

Designed to foster creativity in children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, Invent Iowa! is a not-for-profit program administered by a volunteer board of directors and The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa College of Education.

Students participating in Invent Iowa! use a variety of academic skills -- including reading, library research, field research, science, technology, and others -- to identify a practical need or problem and create an invention to address it.

Each fall, more than 32,000 students participate in Invent Iowa! beginning with a series of local conventions.

Entries at each level are judged by independent panels.

Outstanding entries in regional competitions are recommended to advance to the statewide Invention Convention in Des Moines on Saturday, April 12.

3/12/97