The areas best student inventors showcased their inventions in Kearney on Tuesday as part of the Educational Service Unit No. 10 schools State Invention Convention. Students in grades first through eighth represented Lexington, Shelton, Ansley, Anselmo-Merna, Sandhills, Gibbon, Ord and Spalding Academy.
6th graders, Brea Branic and Kyle Hewett of Dunning demonstrated their invention, Bounce-No More-Spur. Both girls are regular barrel racers and have experienced issues with their spurs either falling off or bouncing around while riding, so naturally they came up with a fix.
“We rodeo a lot and we just thought of something we could use in Dunning, since we have a lot of barrel racers all over,” said Branic.
Hewett explains how the invention works.
“To help fix the spur from falling under your boot or ride up while riding, we attached velcro to the heel of the boot and inside the spur,” Hewett said.
The girls say they use it everyday and have not once had the problems of old. Hewett and Branic placed second in the 6th-8th grade Nobel Group.
Ord 6th graders, Eidy Cardona and Emma Clein found a way to ditch the tape when wrapping presents. Their invention is the, Tape-less Gift Wrap.
“We thought there could be an easier way without tape,” said Clein.
Clein and Cardona sprayed spray adhesive inside the wrapping paper and then laid press-n-seal on top of the adhesive, allowing for the wrapping paper to stick to itself when folded.
“We wrapped a book weeks ago and the paper has still stuck,” Cardona said about the effectiveness of their invention.
The girls placed third in the 6th-8th grade Darwin Group.
Two Lexington girls have found a simple and cheap way to improving their basketball game. 5th graders, Keri Smith and Kennadi Urest invented the Better Shot-Better Aim.
Materials include: a basketball hoop and three boards attached around the rim.
“The invention will help with aim and basketball skill,” said Smith. “There are three different levels, the more you improve, the more boards that can be removed.”
Urest explained how they came up with the idea.
“We were both in basketball and we used to come early to practice all the time,” said Urest. “I saw little kids playing and I saw they could improve, so we thought it would be easier if they had boards and it might build confidence too.”
Smith and Urest placed second in the 3rd-5th grade Einstein Group.
Tye B. of Ord invented Tool-O-Nizer. Watch the video below for his description of his invention.
Below are the official results of the Invention Convention.
- Breanna Pihal, Shelton, The Crumb Catcher with Trivet
- Liah Haines, Lexington, Find My Suitcase
- Jalen Doyle & Kiya Garrelts, Lexington, The Dogfoodomatic
- Gracey Smith, Lexington, Perfect Pillow
- Keri Smith & Kennadi Urest, Lexington, Better Shot Better Aim
- Carli Bailey, Ansley, Pencil Locker
- Bryce Schmidt, Anselmo-Merna, Double Corn Double Crop Coatin
- Jaylea Pope, Shelton, Mobile Bird Bath
- Megan Dang & Adrianna Navarrete, Lexington, The Unbacka
- Seth Chandler & Kade Safranek, Anselmo-Merna, Pivot Puller
- Kylie Hewett & Brea Branic, Sandhills, Bounce-away-spurs
- Jacob Synder & Jose Montanez, Shelton, Ace & Dam Gate Replacer
- Danielle Corona & Marlene Avina, Gibbon, Lipanical
- Emily Martindale & Jenna Christie, Sandhills, The Burr-a-way
- Emma Cline & Eidy Cardona, Ord, Tapeless Gift Wrap
- Elizabeth Bauer, Spalding Academy, Cuddly Clock
- Ameliana Abeyta, Ansley, Hold the Phone
- Nick Carraher, Spalding Academy, Magnetic Locker Organizer