Hillman said Anne Howard, a MidPointe Library specialist, led students through a seven-month process to develop their inventions. Howard also recruited and organized the judges and mentors from the community and Susan Cooper, Monroe Local School’s STEAM teacher, is the advisor for the after-school club. Ten children participated in the local Invention Convention competition in April.
Of those 10 students, six students who were either a finalist or semi-finalist will represent Monroe at the state fair competition this weekend. Those finalists and semi-finalists competing from Monroe and their inventions are:
- Zach Bachmann, grade six finalist, a no-mess S'mores maker
- Kendall Bowen, grade five finalist, a highlighting eraser
- Sam McCausland, grade five finalist, a device to prevent items from falling into a sewer
- Ian Race, grade five finalist, a soccer ball with a touch/dribble tracking device
- Cailyn Gallagher, grade five semi-finalist, heated hoodie with pillow
- Haley Gajus, grade five semi-finalist, easy sailboat assembly for kids.
Other students who were finalists or semi-finalist but who are not competing at the state fair include:
- Connor Witte, grade five finalist, a school desk organizer
- Belle Reese, grade five semi-finalist, a light switch turn-off reminder/warning
- Micah Tarin, grade six semi-finalist, magnetic baseball retriever
- Matt Melone, grade seven semi-finalist, an "Attention App" using virtual and augmented reality to help individuals focus when needed
The students were recognized by Monroe City Council earlier this week.
The students will be competing starting at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
Following the judging, the inventions will be on public display starting at 5:45 p.m., with the Awards Ceremony scheduled at 6:45 p.m. at the Rhodes Center at the state fairgrounds in Columbus.