Elementary Invention Convention Encourages Practical Science

At the Invention Convention science fair, 26 children from the Deer Creek Elementary school were encouraged to use science to solve real world problems.

Children admired each other's projects during the invention fair at the school, writes Matt Patterson at News OK. Kyndal Graham, an 11 year old student at the school, came up with a pair of glasses that would allow the user to see what's coming from behind and from the sides. Why? Because she was tired of her brother sneaking up behind her.

"They're amazing," Graham said.

The glasses are made from old 3-D movie glasses taped up in colorful patterns. Attached mirrors do all the work.

Science teacher Lacey Bleem said:

"The goal is to get them thinking about problem-solving.

"They can be as creative as they want to. We had some excellent ideas this year. The kids really seem to enjoy the process."

The projects – which the students had a month to work on – were judged on their creativity and how their projects relate to science.

This comes after White House commitment over $100 million from the government and private sector and as President Obama announced the second White House Science Fair to celebrate and encourage more students and teachers to invest themselves into difficult STEM subjects.

The Administration has also set the target of bringing in an additional 100,000 quality teachers in the STEM fields, looking to ensure the effective education of the estimated one million STEM students expected to graduate in the next ten years.

Obama said:

 "When students excel in math and science, they help America compete for the jobs and industries of the future.

"That's why I'm proud to celebrate outstanding students at the White House Science Fair, and to announce new steps my Administration and its partners are taking to help more young people succeed in these critical subjects."

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