Ten Lin-Wood inventors earn praise for creativity

Lin-Wood fifth grader Kristopher Boris is pictured here about to demonstrate the Fun Feline and Fido Feeder, which he created as part of the school's Invention Convention. Boris won many plaudits for his device, a contraption designed to allow feeding of pets without back strain. Darin Wipperman/The Littleton Courier. (click for larger version)
February 26, 2014
LINCOLN — On Thursday, a group of Lin-Wood Elementary students let the community see what creative youngsters can do. The school's Invention Convention drew many interested adults and students to see what the ten inventors developed.

Students from first through fifth grade took part. In all, seven inventions were displayed at the school during the day.

Paula Houde is Lin-Wood's enrichment coordinator. She worked with the kids on brainstorming and the presentations the inventors were required to deliver. However, Houde was quick to give credit where it was due. The inventions were the kids' ideas, she said. The invention process, Houde continued, "says a lot about their responsibility and their commitment."

Fifth grader Kristopher Boris received several awards for his idea, a tall pet feeder that he said is good for those with special needs. The idea also works for people who don't want to bend over to feed hard food to a dog or cat, Boris continued.

Boris believed his invention would also be good for youngsters. "The kids will also enjoy this feeder so much that they will no longer mind feeding pets as a chore," he suggested.

Fourth grader Muizz Awan designed a device to inflate balloons. He used a good deal of wood, a billiard ball, and some electrical work for his invention. Awan tested his handiwork many times during the convention. The balloon inflated each time without fail.

"I really want to be an inventor," Awan said. For the convention, he added, "I wanted to do something complex, but not too complex."

The Patel brothers, fourth grader Madhav and second grader Jishnu, had separate projects. Jishnu developed lights and pouches for a pair of shoes. He said the light was a great safety feature, while the storage allowed for first aid to assist runners and hikers. "You can use the first aid pocket to make you feel better," Jishnu explained to some fellow youngsters who examined the shoes.

Madhav's plant watering system included some complicated moving parts, similar to the work Awan put in on his invention. With the drop of some golf balls and the action of scissors and pulleys, Madhav showed an intriguing way to water plants.

Several judges determined who won awards during the convention. Boris took home the Best Overall award, and the prestigious Students' Choice award.

Dylan Avery and Dylan Blook came up with a bike snow blower, meant to "make snow clean up easier and more enjoyable," according to their sign promoting the vehicle. Third graders Emma McNamara and Alea Tracy invented the Sun Puppy, a combination of sunscreen and garment to protect animals from the sun.

Houde said development of the inventions is "an extension of the curriculum." Kids who participate gain many valuable critical thinking and public speaking skills, she said. "They can take all the skills they are learning, and solve a problem," Houde concluded.

The school wished to thank Bank of New Hampshire for sponsoring some prizes for the convention. Principal Gale Adams also had kudos for the inventors' parents. "Thank you again for supporting your kids," Adams said during the awards ceremony.

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