Six Branchville inventors advance to state competition

Branchville students Hannah Trotman, Jake Levi, Kaylie Shantz, Ella Mendez, Jaden DeLand, and Sofia Cluney are heading to the state’s invention convention at UConn on May 4.

Branchville Elementary School hosted its eighth annual Invention Convention in March. This optional, PTA-sponsored independent study invites students from grades two through five to invent fun and creative solutions to everyday problems.

Judges from Branchville’s science and invention community evaluated the entries, and several made a mark. Out of 48 total registrants, the six students were named recognized inventors for their submissions and have advanced to the state competition taking place at UCONN in Storrs on Saturday, May 4.

The student winners were: fifth grader Hannah Trotman, who invented the “Smart Fountain” that reduces splatter and improves the sanitary conditions of public water fountains; fourth grader Jake Levi, who invented  “The Germ Ex” a reusable water fountain cover that prevents germs and bacteria; fourth grader Kaylie Shantz for “Daily Color” an invention that helps the color blind to see color and choose matching outfit selections; third grader Ella Mendez  who invented the “The Bracelet Buddy,” a portable tool to aid in braided bracelet making; Jaden DeLand for “Trailblazers,” a battery-operated light pods to mark a hiking trail, paths around campsites, and serve as a nightlight inside tents; and second grader Sofia Cluney who invented “MaskMarks” which are character-inspired masks that double as bookmarks.

Several more Branchville students were recognized for their innovative inventions with prizes from a variety of local businesses. The students, and their inventions are:

Best Pet: Shannon Rush (4th) – “The Dog Walker”

Best Home Life Improvement: Gabriel Fincham (4th) – “The Scrape Slate”

Best Mechanical: Emma Samoskevich (3rd) – “The Super Shuffler”

Best Makes Kid’s Life Easier: Ryan Terry (4th) – “GPSoccer Ball”

Best Beauty, Health and Fitness: Lauren Dankowski (3rd) – “The Not Knotty All-In-One”

Best Artistic Invention: Danny Soltesz (3rd) – “Walking The Street”

“The BES school staff and community are grateful that our PTA sponsors this great opportunity for Branchville students,” said Keith Margolus, principal of Branchville Elementary School. “The Invention Convention program represents a prime example of a partnership between the PTA and school that creates an enriching experience for our students. Thank you to Magda Fincham for once again championing this event.”

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