Local Student Inventors Win at State Competition
August 18, 2022 by Staff Report

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from throughout Ohio were recently recognized in the 29th Ohio Invention Convention virtual award ceremony and celebration...

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from throughout Ohio were recently recognized in the 29th Ohio Invention Convention virtual award ceremony and celebration. The competition was an opportunity for students to display their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through prototypes they have invented. The annual event is backed by major technology sponsors, including the state finals title partner Honda.

Over $27,000 in CollegeAdvantage Ohio’s 529 Plan Savings Awards, from Ohio Tuition Trust Authority, were awarded. Each grade division’s awards included Best of Show Edison, Industry Innovator Awards, as well as first through third place in each grade category. Some of the state award-earning inventors will have the opportunity to participate in the 2023 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at The Henry Ford.

Award-earning inventors from Geauga County include:

Maia De la Cruz, of Chagrin Falls, second place in fifth-grade for “Farmer’s Friend” and Emily Bennardo, of Chardon, third place in sixth-grade for “Bird Spa 3000.”

Earning honorable mention (team) was fourth-grader Zachary Martin, of Chagrin Falls, for TAPW- The Automated Plant Waterer.” Also earning honorable mention were fifth-grader Lillian Maschke, of Chagrin Falls, for “The Everything Glove” and sixth-grader Aiden Passow, of Burton, for “Pirate Protector 4000”

The event took place virtually, through live Zoom judging rooms, with judges from various industries. After students identified a problem, they used the design cycle to research, develop a prototype, then pitched their solution to over 140 industry professionals. Their innovations solved problems from multiple categories, covering everything from health and medical, safety, pet care, to household improvements. At a time when the world is focused on solving problems, student inventors continued creating solutions that can positively affect the lives of thousands. Inventors were judged on their creative approach to solving a problem and prospects for viable enterprises in industry innovation.