Young inventors visit Kettering

May 6, 2005

One hundred young inventors were on campus to showcase their latest inventions and do some scientific exploration in four on-campus labs.

Inventors come in all shapes and sizes, and 100 of them came to Kettering May 4 to show off their latest inventions at the Young Inventors Fair, an event of the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce Young Inventors Program (YIP).

After the Fair and before their year-end banquet, the young inventors had a chance to explore what Kettering has to offer, including the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM), Chemistry labs, Ergonomics labs and the student Society of Automotive Engineers garage where the Formula race car was under construction.

The Young Inventors Program (YIP) provides an exciting opportunity for young students (Grades 1-6) in Genesee County to create inventions and to present them to the community. This yearlong adventure in creativity encourages students to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, researchers, technical writers, scientists, evaluators and presenters.

Students learn about invention through a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking skills, scientific inquiry and problem solving by integrating math, science, language arts and social studies and applying them to real world problems to be solved. YIP assists students and teachers in connecting academics to real-life careers and inventors and culminates with The Young Inventors Fair that allows 100 students the opportunity to showcase their inventions for fellow students and the greater community.

This year, more than 2,500 students and 45 teachers participated in the YIP Program supported by the A.G. Bishop Charitable Trust, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Delphi, Citizens Charitable Trusts - Viet Youth Charitable Trust, The General Motors Community Impact Team, Genesee Intermediate School District, The Inventors Council of Mid-Michigan, The Jennings Memorial Foundation, The JamesA. Welch Foundation, Kettering University, Landaal Packaging and Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC.

Currently completing its fifth year in Genesee County, the Young Inventors Program is sponsored by the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Education Coordinating Council.

For program information contact Linda Roeser or Sue Tippett at the Flint Area Chamber of Commerce at 810-232-6103 or lroeser@flint.org.