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Elementary Students Present Inventions

On February 7, three elementary students from Penn-Delco joined 44 other students from across the state at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA to present their inventions to the judges of the state competition of The Pennsylvania Invention Convention.  The organization gives students recognition for creating inventions that solve real world problems.  During the invention process, students develop skills in creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and communication skills that prepare them for increasingly complex school, work, and life environments.

Aston Elementary second grade student Frankie DiCandia, Pennell Elementary second grade student Chelsea King, and Coebourn Elementary fourth grade student Skylar Zandona were all chosen as finalists from the 250 entries submitted to compete in states. Projects qualified for states via regional in-person events through Intermediate Units or a virtual submission path. Finalists then present via face-to-face competition.  

Frankie presented his WashMill 2000 invention, an automatic shower for your body (similar to a car wash) that requires the user to stand on a conveyor belt and move through the shower stages.  The user is sprayed with water and soap while sponges wash the body and robotic arms wash the hair.  The user is then rinsed and dried with heated fans. 

Skylar's invention is called Reader Succeeder and she offered the judges a chance to consider her lighted blanket designed to allow reading at night or in the dark anywhere or at any time. 
 
While Chelsea was unable to attend the event, her Cat Plugs invention is meant to help those students who may have sensory needs.  Cat Plugs is a cute headband that is attached to ear plugs that can be utilized in situations that might be too noisy for the user. 
 
Their gifted teacher, Erin Marth, accompanied them to the special event and now they all await the results!  First place winners will be invited to Nationals in early June.