No more stinky shoes

May 4, 2007

Pint-sized inventors invaded Kettering May 2 to show off their latest inventions to their peers and the general public.

The Young Inventors Program of the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) in partnership with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its 7th Annual Young Inventors Fair and Recognition Dinner at Kettering University May 2.

The Young Inventors Program mission is to support students in learning critical and creative thinking skills through the creation of original inventions as extraordinary solutions to perplexing problems and perceived personal or community needs.

One hundred 4th through 6th-grade students, representing schools from throughout Genesee County, displayed their inventions in the International Room in the Campus Center at Kettering. Inventions ranged from heated snow shovels to mail delivery notification and pet food measuring devices to smelly shoe de-stinkers.

Kettering faculty and students provided hands-on workshops for the young inventors from 3 to 5 p.m., including Physics made Phun, Make Your Own Polymer, Ergonomics and Crash Safety in the ever-popular Crash Test Lab.

The day ended with an awards dinner celebrating the creativity and ingenuity of tomorrow's Henry Fords and Madame Curies.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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