Westlake City Schools Invention Convention Showcases Problem-Solving and Creativity
For a second straight year, Richard Beyer found himself impressed and inspired by the work of students in the Westlake City Schools Invention Convention. Beyer, vice president – engineering and research & development at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix), returned to serve as one of the contest’s judges this year after taking part in 2015.
“People like to talk about a lightning bolt of inspiration when it comes to innovation,” said Beyer, a Westlake resident and a member of the Bendix leadership team. “But what defines a true inventor are the hard work and perseverance that come afterward. We see it every day in the Bendix teams who propel our products and technology to new levels, and I saw it in abundance at the Invention Convention. Students like these point toward a bright future for the creative manufacturing and engineering brainpower of Northeast Ohio.”
The Invention Convention aims to inspire curiosity, confidence, invention, and creative problem-solving in students from grades K-8. In developing their entries, participants walked the path of inventors, taking their own original ideas and bringing them to fruition in prototype form. The results were showcased January 22 at Dover Intermediate School, with a trio of district award winners moving on to the Northeast Regional Invention Convention Fair at Cleveland State University. Entries are judged on their originality in presenting an imaginative solution to a clearly stated problem or need; whether the invention worked; and accompanying presentations and journals of the inventors.
The three top winners of this year’s Westlake Invention Convention, who will take their creations to compete in this spring’s Northeast Ohio Regional Invention Convention, were Andrew Arkwright, a fourth-grader at Hilliard Elementary School; T.J. Rintamaki, a fourth-grader at Bassett Elementary School; and Tiana Nimylowycz, a fourth-grader at Dover Elementary School.
Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles, is dedicated to supporting education in the communities it calls home. The company has supported STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education by sponsoring robotics programs in two communities where it does business – Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Del Rio, Texas.
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 3,000 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Bendix is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Huntington, Indiana; North Aurora, Illinois; and Acuña, Mexico. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit www.bendix.com. To learn more about career opportunities at Bendix, visit www.bendix.com/careers. Follow Bendix on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at www.brake-school.com.