2nd Grade excited about 2nd Annual Invention Convention-February 4, 8:30 a.m.

Jan 22, 2014 | Lower School News, Media Galleries

At Mount Vernon, we are committed to cultivating a Mount Vernon Mindset in each child. Among these skills includes innovation. Innovators explore and experiment in a climate of change. They build resilience through risk-taking and setbacks. Innovators create unique ideas with value and meaning. Second graders have already begun exploring the essential question, “How does learning about inventors and inventions affect our outlook on the world and help us be creative thinkers and innovators?”
Our young innovators were presented with a challenge to invent something to solve a problem or to help make something in our daily lives easier. To inspire creativity, students researched inventors like Benjamin Franklin. They realized the creative thinking, perseverance, and failing up that is required to do great things. After brainstorming with their class and making observations in the world around them, they constructed point of view statements. Next, they will build prototypes of their invention to share.
Also in preparation, the students were visited by Tiffany Hendryx, who is parent to 4th grader Fiona and 2nd grader Piper. Ms. Hendryx shared with students the science behind an invention she created–clear rubber stamps. Additionally she shared the power of one’s imagination, and the beauty of thinking creatively.
These creative thinkers will showcase their prototypes on February 4 (rescheduled date) from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. to judges and guests in the Fellowship Hall. A few distinguished inventions will go on to compete in the National Invention Convention.
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