Three Westlake Schools’ elementary students will participate in the next level of competition after winning the top three places in the Westlake City School District Invention Convention.
Bassett Elementary fourth grader Jake Fix won first place for his Realeve Sleeve. Lorenzo Nivellini, Dover Elementary fourth grade, placed second with his Inflatable Bike Helmet. Dhiraviya Rajubettan, Dover Elementary third grade, places third with a Sign Language Dictionary.
The students showed off their inventions at the Invention Convention Fair on March 21 at Dover Intermediate School. Local judges selected the top student inventors to advance to the Northeast Ohio Regional Invention Convention at Cleveland State University on May 2. These three students will compete for the $2,500 grand prize, while the winning students’ teacher earns a technology package and other prizes for the classroom.
Invention Convention inspires students in grades K-8 to create and problem solve while developing their inventions. Over 1 million Ohio students to date have participated in Invention Convention since 1993, creating useful, sometimes crazy, and always interesting inventions.
Honorable Mentions were given to:
- Kindergarten: Frankie Jacono of Holly Lane Elementary for his Lego Sorter
- 1st Grade: Jacob Lenz, Dover Elementary, Natural Fire Roll Up
- 2nd Grade: Ben Miller, Bassett Elementary, The Super Scooter Sander
- 3rd Grade: Ryan Skowronski, Holly Lane Elementary, The E-Go Watch
- 4th Grade: Macy Brennan, Bassett Elementary, The Incredalift
- 7th Grade: Frankie Ricaurte, Lee Burneson Middle School, ImobilStim
- 8th Grade: Katie Willi, LBMS, The Auto Shop
Three students also were awarded Ohio Choice Inventor’s Awards. Michelle Ho, a Dover Elementary fourth grader, won for The Smart Monitor; Dhiraviya Rajubettan, Dover Elementary third grade, Sign Language Dictionary; and Robbie Hubert, Hilliard Elementary fourth grade, Hydration Helmet.