Hopewell Inventors Take on National Competition Students Compete Against 300+ Youth

Hopewell Inventors Take on National Competition Students Compete Against 300+ Youth
Hopewell Inventors Take on National Competition Students Compete Against 300+ YouthThanks to their strong placing in the regional qualifier, eight students from Hopewell Elementary ventured to Washington D.C. last weekend for the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). The event, which is by invitation only, was the first ever national Invention Convention and featured about 300 student inventors from across the United States who displayed their critical thinking skills through innovative and entrepreneurial activities which apply solutions to everyday problems.

According to Carrie Murray, fifth-grade teacher at Hopewell and advisor for the school’s Invention Convention teams, the experience itself was full of learning opportunities. She explained, “We had a great time and the kids were able to see parts of Washington, especially the Air & Space museum. They heard from different inventors including a NASA engineer and a speaker who works with the patent office.”

The Hopewell students were invited to the event based on their placement at the southwest regional event held in April at Central State University, bringing home more awards than any other school attending. This includes the top award possible, the Edison Award with a $2,500 prize, which fifth-graders Hamza-Alex Hmeidan and Zain Hanieh received for their “EWatch,” an invention that helps with fire safety and locating lost items.

Other Hopewell students placing at the regionals were:
  • Caitylyn Spaulding and Magdelana Huss for their Charcoal H20 project, earning second place in the “Beyond the Bean” award in the environmental category
  • Jaelyn Reid for her helmet pocket 0.1 invention, meriting a second place superior award in the organization category
  • Tennel Bryant and Bryce Pearce for their BOY 2.0 project, receiving a third place superior award in sports category; and
  • Ella Bills and Shelby Shah for the Sheila Shield, earning a seventh superior award in the sports category

The students’ journey began March 23 at the school’s first Invention Convention event when dozens of fifth grade students shared their inventions during an open house (covered in the April 8 edition of This Week at Lakota). From there, 52 projects moved on to the southwest regionals.

“Both the variety of and creation behind all of the students’ invention is very impressive,” said Christina French, Hopewell principal. “This being our first year to be involved, I’m so pleased at the participation and interest all of our fifth graders have shown. They truly like using their creativity to address real-life problems and I’m certain such interest will continue to grow.”

Murray added, “I could not be more proud of the effort and dedication that my students and their families had making sure they could attend Nationals. I wish I could tell you that a Hopewell project or two were awarded an honor. However, I don't think you can say that anyone who left Nationals without an award was a loser. In my book they are winners for the risk they took and their hard work.”

Hopewell Elementary students (from left) Ella Bills, Shelby Shah, Bryce Pearce, Caitlyn Spaulding, Jaelyn Reid, Hamza Hmedian and Zain Hanieh, with teacher Carrie Murray at center in back, take a quick pose at the national Invention Convention competition, held last weekend in Washington D.C. Another student, Magadelana Huss, was invited but not able to attend the event.

At Hopewell’s Invention Convention open house held in March, Hamza Hmeidan and Zain Hanieh (from left) pose with their E Watch invention, while Derek Cambizaca shows off his concept for a “get out of bed machine.” The EWatch concept won the Edison Award at the southwest Ohio regional competition and was recently displayed at the national level.