Creativity the Mother of Inventions District 10 Students Show off Ingenuity

By Kmitch, Justin | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 17, 2002 | Go to article overview

Creativity the Mother of Inventions District 10 Students Show off Ingenuity


Kmitch, Justin, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Justin Kmitch Daily Herald Staff Writer

Put 30 young minds together and tell them to creatively solve a problem they have and you never know what you'll get.

Teachers and parents in Itasca's Elementary District 10 learned that lesson Wednesday when they reintroduced the annual Franzen Invention Convention, a tradition that had been discontinued for several years.

The third- through fifth-graders filled the Franzen gymnasium with inventions including a three-story birdhouse and shower, a drink-serving robot, a scooter-rack and a universal identification system to help track criminals. The students created their inventions at home and they weren't judged.

Fifth-grader Alex Sener took advantage of the opportunity to solve a problem he anticipates having next school year. His invention is called the "Kaddie," a snowboard on wheels designed to carry his heavy musical instrument.

"My baritone is so heavy, almost bigger than I am, and I have to carry it around a lot," he said. "And next year my bus stop is at the top of a tall hill, so I will be able to pull my Kaddie up the hill before school and ride it down the hill after school."

Fifth-graders Camille Domagala and Misakli Fujii overlooked their own concerns and solved a problem for their feathered friends. …

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