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September 22, 2018

Fairley Students Enter Inventions in Tri-School Competition


Fairley Elementary School was invited by North Rose Elementary to participate in Inventive Minds, a voluntary program geared towards third and fourth grade students.

Pictured is third grade student James Jolliffe with his invention, the Puppy Pulley. The Puppy Pulley safely raises a dog from the floor onto a bed, especially useful for those who sleep on the top bunk.

Pictured is third grade student James Jolliffe with his invention, the Puppy Pulley. The Puppy Pulley safely raises a dog from the floor onto a bed, especially useful for those who sleep on the top bunk.

Inventive Minds is a program designed to challenge students to create an invention that solves a problem, or makes life a bit easier. For eight weeks, students in the program came to school on the first bus run to work on their ideas.

Their poster boards, which were displayed at the competition on March 7, listed the problem, solution, materials needed for their invention and explained how their creation worked.

Students also interviewed family members and teachers about their thoughts on the idea. Some students even made prototypes of their inventions

Twenty-seven students graduated from the program, and received an Inventive Minds T-shirt for participating.

Parents had heavy involvement in their student’s projects.

Inventions were on display for one day before 20 students competed in the tri-school competition against North Rose Elementary and M.W. Cuyler Elementary School of Red Creek.

Sixty students from the three schools displayed their inventions before a panel of judges. Fairley student Jenna Cole came in sixth out of the top ten with her invention, the Secret Sink Organizer.

Third grader Kiley Emmons shows off her invention, Clip Them Up, an easier way to tie shoes. Instead of making a knot, Clip Them Up uses a buckle clip to keep laces from coming undone.

Third grader Kiley Emmons shows off her invention, Clip Them Up, an easier way to tie shoes. Instead of making a knot, Clip Them Up uses a buckle clip to keep laces from coming undone.

“There was a strong showing of great inventions,” said Principal Jody Musa.

Fairley Elementary will be participating in Inventive Minds again next year.

Fairley inventors included: Dylan Ritchie (Camp Dry), Carl Emmons III (Quicker Flipper Upper), Kiley Emmons (Clip Them Up), Kaleb McEwen (Outside Car Cushions), Amberly Lanning (No-Fuss Door Stop), Theresa Przepiora (Window Cushion), Lena Turaj (Pollution Air Sweeper), Hailey Trumble (Hailey’s Hot Pack), Titus Bedell ( Doggy Wash), Julia Shortslef (Mouth Gaurder 3,000), Logan Donhauser (Super Shoe Lace Un-Knotter), Kendall Cuyler (Sole Shoes), Ryley Spilman (The Foot Dryer), Cole Hess (Compass Glove), Celeste Stevens (Push-Up Butter), Billy Lovejoy (Remote Finder), Jenna Cole (Secret Sink Organizer), Michael Soper (Super Goggles), Tenessee Barboza (The Block Sock), Zachary Ingersoll (Whammer!), Emily Cocopoti (The Water Car), Kody Harris (Toddler/Baby Food Chopper), James Jolliffe (The Puppy Pulley), Anastasia McCown (One-Two Piece), Lavender Howland (The “Auto Brush”), Emma Gombas (The Ultimate Hat and Glove Dryer) and Trinitee Taylor (The Personal Movie Theatre).

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