Four Westlake Schools Young Inventors Win at Regional Invention Convention

lenzjacono alone 1stIMG_1218The Lego Sorter, The Super Scooter Stander, The Natural Fire Rollup and The Auto Stop were inventions by Westlake Schools elementary students that stood out to judges at the Northeast Regional Invention Convention on May 2 at Cleveland State University.

Katie Willi, an eighth grader at Lee Burneson Middle School, received one of 10 Honor Awards and a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble book store for The Auto Stop. Bassett second grader Benn Miller won second place in s his grade level for his Super Scooter Stander and a $250 college scholarship.

Holly Lane Elementary kindergartner Frankie Jacono and his Lego Sorter, and Dover Elementary first grader Jacob Lenz and his The Natural Fire Rollup too home first place in their grade levels, along with $500 scholarships. Each student also receive a one-hour consultation with a patent attorney.

More than 240 young inventors from 46 school districts across Northeast Ohio showcased their inventions during the seventh annual Invention Convention in Northern Ohio. Fifteen of those inventors were K-8 Westlake students, including Nwaka Nwokeji, Macy Brennan, Stephanie Chang, Sadie DeAngelo, Jake Fix, Dhiraviya Rajubettan, Michelle Ho, Lorenzo Nivellini, Robbie Huber, Ryan Skowronski and Frankie Ricaurte.

Students presented their inventions to judges from across Northern Ohio. The students also were encouraged to share lightbulb moments throughout the day by using photos and Twitter. All of the photos were shown during the awards ceremony.

Families of Westlake students also were selected to compete in a science competition on stage prior to the awards ceremony. Frankie Ricaurte and Katie Willi joined their mothers to form the purple team and the Jacono family made up the orange team.  Their final competition was to invent something connected to the food industry or the safety industry.  The Jacono family won and was presented with four passes to the Great Lakes Science Center.

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