Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2011
Contact: Megan Dominguez
518.382.7890 x 227
Invention Convention 2011 Awards Ceremony Honored Student Inventors at Schenectady Museum >& Suits-Bueche Planetarium May 26
A reception and awards ceremony for Invention Convention 2011 was held May 26 at the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium during which 100 student inventors were recognized as regional semi-finalists, and 28 students were announced as state finalists from over 1,300 student submissions.
Invention Convention is an annual invention competition open to Capital District students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students are invited to submit an original idea for an invention that solves a problem they have encountered in their lives. The top 100 entries are then invited to create a model of their invention. A panel of patent attorneys and engineers chose the 100 semi-finalists based on creativity, originality, complexity, innovation, practicality, and impact.
The following are Invention Convention 2011 sponsors: Innovator – GE Volunteers; Inventors – MVP Healthcare, Time Warner Cable; Problem Solvers – M & T Bank, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation; Tinkerers – 1st Playable Productions, LLC, Berkshire Bank, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., Hoffman Warnick LLC, New York State United Teachers, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP.
The 26 state finalists represent 14 schools in the Capital Region:
Albany Academies: Will Fitzgerald, Icicles-B-Gone; Ballard Elementary School: Courtney Bain, Clothing Organizer App; Adam Basile, HearRing; Abigail Corentto, The Booster Seat Foot Rest; Zachary LaFave, The Every Skate; Berne-Knox-Westerlo Middle School: Patrick Farnan, R.each N.o M.ore Cabinet; Stephanie Mason, No Excuse to Miss the Bus; Doane Stuart School: Connor Danz, The Lego Sorter; Draper Middle School: Austen Blanchard, Shoe Hooks; East Hill Elementary School: Madeline Elliott, Catcher Cone; Elmer Avenue Elementary School: Alyssa Harrynanan, All Around the World Dolls; Harrison Avenue Elementary School: Madison Ruby, Doggie Doorbell; Lake Avenue Elementary School: Kathryn Grabowski and Tess Turner, The Aroma Spraying Alarm Clock; Leora Cohen-Togor and Brynna Hill, Lightning Power Generator; Lake George Elementary School: Maxim Paszko, Robotic Wheel Chair; Oliver Winch Middle School: Thomas King, The Scan-Locked Gun; Andrew Williams, Flick Lock Crutches; Scotia-Glenville Middle School: Carson Rowe, Electric Steering Wheel Hand Warmer; St. Mary’s Catholic School – Waterford: Anthony Atalla, Paint Pro; Krystin Messier, Shop With Ezzz!; Emily Spoor, Bend-A-Hanger; West Sand Lake Elementary School: Michael Beskid, Permanent Hidden Holiday Lights; Nicholas John DonVito, Armor Pants; James Finelli, Pet Safety Collar; Megan Hale, The Beeping Fish Pole; Nicholas Zalucky, H20 H20 H20 Hose.
About Invention Convention
Invention Convention was originally developed as part of the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration through the New York State Alliance for Arts. Over time, the Alliance moved out of direct programming for children toward arts advocacy and professional development for teachers.
In 1997, two GE patent attorneys approached the Alliance about reinstating Invention Convention in the Capital Region. The Alliance opted not to be involved, but directed them to the Schenectady Museum. The Museum took on the program, given the strong connection with its mission and collections. A planning committee with members from GE and the Museum was formed, along with representatives from Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP, Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and later Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. The team has been dedicated to engaging students in the innovation process for more than 10 years. Participation has increased steadily from 167 in 1998 to 1,336 this year.
In 2003, three separate divisions were established for separate judging by grade level: Edison (K-2), Steinmetz (3-5) and Coolidge (6-8). The number of semifinalists in each division is proportionate to the total number of entries per division.
About the Schenectady Museum
Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages. In addition to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast, the Museum houses the GE Photograph collection, with more than 1.6 million prints and negatives; an archival collection with more than 3,500 cubic feet of historic materials; and more than 40,000 objects relating to the history of science and technology. The Museum also offers the only FETCH! Lab in the Northeast, with hands-on activities patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH!, in collaboration with WHMT. During 2010, the Museum welcomed nearly 40,000 visitors, including students, researchers, business leaders, tourists, and many others.
Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium, Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: 518.382.7890 • Fax: 518.382.7893
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