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SES students show off smarts at Invention Convention

POSTED: March 4, 2010 11:08 p.m.
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Winners for the Springfield Elementary School Invention Convention, above, were, front row: Alison Gnann (fourth grade), Michaela Rahn (third grade), Hailey Frost (second grade), Tate Hendrix (kindergarten), Nolan Hartley (kindergarten) and Emma Grace Epperson (first grade); back row: Jack Hendrix (Rube Goldberg), Chase Howze (third grade), Steven Boyles (second grade), and Alyssa Smith (fifth grade).

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The Springfield Elementary School Invention Convention exhibited the little light bulbs turning on in its students’ imaginations.
Springfield’s youngest, from kindergarten to fifth grade, submitted their ideas on how to solve day-to-day problems. They competed between grades and in three special categories to qualify for the county-wide Invention Convention less than two weeks away.

While most of the problems being tackled were simplified, entries for the Rube Goldberg category were asked to complicate an easy problem. This challenge was trounced by second-grader, Jack Hendrix, whose “Math Machine” looks more like a big homemade pinball machine.

They will compete against the winners from elementary schools throughout the county on March 16 at South Effingham Elementary School, and judging will begin around 9 a.m.

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