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June 11, 2009

Belin-Blank Center names meritorious inventors at state convention

The University of Iowa College of Education's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development recently announced the names of the meritorious inventors for the innovations they displayed at the 2009 Invent Iowa State Convention.

The convention was held at Hilton Coliseum by Iowa State University College of Engineering on April 25. Invent Iowa is a comprehensive, statewide program developed to assist Iowa's educators in promoting the invention process as part of their regular K-12 curriculum. Since 1987, Iowa students have had the opportunity to express their inventiveness and solve problems in an educational way.

This year, 70 meritorious inventors received a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. Additionally, six student inventors were awarded $500 scholarships to the UI College of Engineering and Iowa State University College of Engineering that can be applied if the student ultimately attends either college. The State Convention is sponsored by the UI and ISU engineering colleges and held at each school's campus on alternating years.

Approximately 30,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12 annually participate in local and regional conventions to learn about the invention process and qualify for the state invention convention. A total of 350 students were invited to the State Invention convention in April. The 2009 state inventors presented 273 inventions and represented 135 towns and 158 schools statewide. This year's convention took on an international flavor with an entry from students in South America.

"Invent Iowa encourages student inventors to look at the world from the viewpoint of others. It sparks the creation of a wide variety of devices to help disabled citizens and senior citizens, to preserve the environment, and to make the world a better place," said Clar Baldus, Invent Iowa State Convention coordinator and administrator for the Inventiveness in the Belin-Blank Center.
EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release indicates that someone from your coverage area was recognized as a state meritorious inventor. Students are listed alphabetically below by city, first name, last name, invention, school and school city. If students received additional awards, that information will follow the name of their inventions.

IOWA

Ames: Jay Amin, The Green Outlet, Fellows Elementary School, Ames. Amin is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Ames: Luke Fevold, grate Dryer 500, Central Elementary School, Nevada
Ames: Aaron Mann, Eco Tipster, Kate Mitchell Elementary, Ames

Anamosa: Kathryn Waddell, The Safety Holder, Strawberry Hill, Anamosa

Anamosa: Andrew Walton, The Helping Hand, Strawberry Hill, Anamosa

Atlantic: Katherine Darrow, Find Your Way Umbrella, Schuler Elementary School, Atlantic

Bettendorf: Hannah McDonald, Helping Handle, Riverdale Heights Elementary School, Bettendorf. McDonald is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Bloomfield: Jordyn Thompson, Sockanizers, Davis County Elementary, Bloomfield

Cedar Rapids: Alexis Costello, Crutch Buddy, Westfield Elementary School, Robins

Cedar Rapids: Joseph Korch, Twist to Tie, Coolidge Elementary School, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids: Emily Laverty, Glow-Mark, Erskine Elementary School, Cedar Rapids

Charlotte: Kierre Sterk, Super Stair Stabilizer, Preston Elementary School, Preston

Clermont: Matthew Appler, Freeze No More, Valley Elementary, Elgin

Columbus Jct: Drucilla Stephens, Trailer Hitch Master, Wapello Elementary School, Wapello

Council Bluffs: Breanna Roland, Car Cabinet Organizer, Longfellow Elementary School, Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs: Tiffany Weelborg, Car Cabinet Organizer, Longfellow Elementary School, Council Bluffs

Davenport: Claire Honsey, Hotel Helper, Sudlow Intermediate, Davenport.

Davenport: Katie Hopkins, Kaje Coolers, Sudlow Intermediate, Davenport. Hopkins is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Davenport: Hannah Johnson, Brush PLUS, St. Paul the Apostle, Davenport

Davenport: Raegan Menke, Hotel Helper, Sudlow Intermediate, Davenport.

Davenport: Reilly Smith, Brush PLUS, St. Paul the Apostle, Davenport

Davenport: Jessica Welser, Kaje Coolers, Sudlow Intermediate, Davenport. Hopkins is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Decorah: Tyler Dostel, Gate-R-Aid, Decorah Middle School, Decorah

Decorah: Aric Luzum, Gate-R-Aid, Decorah Middle School, Decorah

Donahue: Ryan Paustain, The Easy Planter, John Glenn Elementary School, Donahue

Donahue: Brandon McBride, The Easy Planter, John Glenn Elementary School, Donahue

Donnellson: Connor Hellweg, Sweep Auger Tripod, Holy Trinity School, West Point

Dubuque: Paige Peters, The Excellent Extendable Bike Flag, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School Dubuque

Eldridge: Jessica Karr, The Super Sprayer, Edward White Elementary School, Eldridge

Eldridge: Olivia Latham, The Super Sprayer, Edward White Elementary School, Eldridge

Fertile: Carrie Brcka, Nifty News Holder, Forest City Elementary School, Forest City

Forest City: Cheyanne Chapin, Nifty News Holder, Forest City Elementary School, Forest City

Fairbank: Samantha Folsom, Solor Sammy, Fairbank Elementary School, Fairbank

Garner: Tyler Kumsher, Super Slippers, Garner Elementary School, Garner

Greene: Jared Feldman, EZ Boot Clamp-n-Carry, Greene Elementary School, Greene

Grinnell:  Thomas Clower, Nail Biter Fighter, Davis Elementary School, Grinnell

Grinnell: Christian Grahm, Ear Saver Calf Wrap, Grinnell Community Middle School, Grinnell. Grahm is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Grinnell: Catelyn Grahm, Ear Saver Calf Wrap, Grinnell Community Middle School,

Grinnell. Grahm is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Griswold: Trey Huerta, Firewood Trammel, Elliott Elementary School, Elliott

Hamburg: Andrew Welch, Bur-Be-Gone, Marnie Sumons Elementary School, Hamburg

Hendersen: Kirstin Lunn, Gas Master, Treynor Elementary School, Treynor

Humboldt: Robbie Monson, Velcro Pro Garbage Bag, Taft Elementary School, Humboldt

Ionia: Katie Karels, Contacto, Nashua-Plainfield Middle School, Plainfield

Iowa City: Nicholas Schnoebelen, Ultimate Combination Comb, Regina Catholic School, Iowa City

Iowa City: Andrew Yowell, Ultimate Combination Comb, Regina Catholic School, Iowa City

Iowa City: Nicholas Yowell, N-K Mag-S, Regina Catholic School, Iowa City

Latimer: Burke Colglazier, The Handy Keeper, CAL Elementary School, Latimer

Manchester: Sierra Nolz, Easy Earring Keeper, St. Mary's School, Manchester

Mason City: Alyssa Callow, All-in-one Violin Case, Hoover Elementary School, Mason City

Mason City: Shaelynn Coleman, All-in-one Violin Case, Hoover Elementary School, Mason City

Mason City: Mikaeleigh Hayes, Handy Dandy List Keeper, Roosevelt Elementary School, Mason City

Mason City: Abby White, Handy Dandy List Keeper, Roosevelt Elementary School, Mason City

Morning Sun: McKayla Bockes, Trailer Hitch Master, Wapello Elementary School, Wapello

Morning Sun: Mitchell Wanfalt, Goats Gruff Multi-Purpose Unit, Wapello Elementary School, Wapello

Morning Sun: Travis Wanfalt, Goats Gruff Multi-Purpose Unit, Wapello Elementary School, Wapello

Nashua: Jamie Baldwin, Contacto, Nashua-Plainfield Middle School, Plainfield

Nevada: Henry Corbin, Bunk Butler, Nevada Middle School, Nevada

North Liberty: Kyler Krupp, N-K Mag-S, Regina Catholic School, Iowa City

Ottumwa: Katy Fish, Cello-N-Go, Eisenhower Elementary School, Ottumwa

Polk City: Ben Lehman, Pump 'n Pogo, North Polk Central Elementary School, Alleman

Preston: Lucas Schmidt, Super Stair Stabilizer, Preston Elementary School, Preston

Scarville: Adam Heimendinger, The Perfect Pliers, Lake Mills Elementary School, Lake Mills

Story City: Erin Power, The Whole Brownie Pan, Roland-Story Middle School, Roland

Treynor: Emily Owens, Pet Washer (A), Treynor Elementary School, Treynor

Winfield: Nicholas Sandeen, The Measure Itself, Winfield Elementary School, Winfield

COLUMBIA, SOUTH AMERICA:

Barrancabermeja: Juan Barreto Barrera, Jhonatan Centeno-Sequea, and Ronald Elles-Martinez Two Heads Tooth Brush, Institucion Educativo Infantas, Columbia, Barrancabeimeja

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Clar Baldus, Belin-Blank Center, 319-335-6148, clar-baldus@uiowa.edu