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INVENT, IOWA! Invention Convention planned for Saturday, February 25, 2006

February 23, 2006

Approximately 175 student inventors from kindergarten through eighth grade will share their inventions at the regional “INVENT, IOWA! Invention Convention” on Saturday, February 25, 2006. The event, which is sponsored by the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, will be held at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa. K-4 students will celebrate their inventions from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 5th-8th grade students will present their inventions from 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Judging will take place during the first two hours of each session and recognition of students chosen to advance to state will take place during the last half-hour of each session. The State Invention Convention, sponsored by the Belin-Blank Center, will take place in Iowa City, Iowa on April 22, 2006.

Sponsored by the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, the regional INVENT, IOWA! Invention Convention is an educational program, which teaches students in grades K-8 creative problem solving that can be applied to a variety of real problems. The invention process is multi-disciplinary and requires students to use several academic skills in combination - reading, library research, field research, science and technology, creative and critical thinking, writing, art, and persuasive speaking.

Students from 47 schools in Scott, Clinton, Jackson, Cedar, Muscatine and Louisa counties will display and explain their inventions.

Questions about the event can be directed to Jennifer Gosa, event coordinator, at (563) 344-6323.

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of 12 AEAs across the state of Iowa created by the 1974 Iowa Legislature. It provides educational services, media services and special education services to approximately 55,000 students in twenty-two public school districts and twenty-two approved non-public schools in Cedar, Clinton, Jackson, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott Counties.

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