Students at one Bay County school got a real treat Friday, the day before the start of Spring Break. At Northside Elementary, fifth graders showcased their talents in the annual Invention Convention.
Children were filled with awe as they toured the exhibits at the annual convention. The 27 year tradition is meant to inspire students to solve problems in their daily lives.
"I did the mail alert system. It's helpful because the mail alert system will notify the hearing and visually impaired by telling them and notifying them when their mail has arrived," Madilyn Corbitt said. She placed second in the convention and says her invention will be of great help to her grandmother, who is constantly getting up to check the mail.
"Before, I didn't even think I could do anything like this, but some of the inventions here like that Ray Roller."
William Kiehn placed first and is the inventor of the ‘Ray Roller'. "It's supposed to roll on the bottom of the sea floor and scare away the sting rays."
Jake Brantley came up with the ‘Nail Nabber' after helping his dad with some household chores. Jake felt it was difficult to keep track of the nails he was using. So, he invented a Velcro wristband that holds nails, while hammering into the wall.
Rachel Cowan has put on this event since 1986. "Every year I am surprised, we get new ideas and I just think it's wonderful to feel that kind of accomplishment," Cowan said.
1. William Kiehn- "Ray Roller"
2. Madilyn Corbitt- "Mail Alert System"
3. Jake Bentley- "Nail Nabber"
Ashton Robinson- "Float Anchor"
James Hearon- "Cup A day"
Sophia Wolf- "Light-O-Leash"
Nicholas Quinn- "Night Light Vest"
Christian Peterson- "Growling Gravity Feeder"