- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HOPE, Ind. (AP) - A Hope Elementary sixth-grade class experimented with the concept that problems need solutions, sometimes in the form of an invention.

Jeremy Wells’ class participated in Invention Convention, with a goal of each student coming up with a new product or invention, or a way to improve upon an existing product.

Many of the students decided to improve food items, including brownies, cupcakes and drinks.

But many inventions were technology-based, such as cellphone chargers that were hidden and powered through exercise or an electronic device that wrangled those pesky cords.

There was even an automatic ketchup dispenser that was suggested as a solution for every lunch room across the nation, Wells said.

Each student was assigned to think of a problem and come up with a possible solution, Wells said.

The students then chose one of the possible solutions to focus on and invented a new product or improved an existing product to remedy the problem.

Following a design process, each student did a research paper about the background of the invention and then constructed a prototype.

Prototypes were tested, when possible, and each student made observations based on the testing.

Students were then asked to think about what could or should be changed to improve their products.

During the Invention Convention, each student, or group of students, put their inventions on display and offered visitors information about their products.

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Source: The (Columbus) Republic, https://bit.ly/1LIxpIT

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