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Student First: Students Compete In 2022 National Invention Convention
Posted 6/1/22

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This week teams of Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) students will join over 300 students from across the country competing in the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. The competition begins June 1, and closes with an awards ceremony on June 3.

"The reason we like to participate in The Invention Convention is that it teaches design thinking and the engineering process," said Kathryn Straub, a 5th grade teacher at Vallejo Mill Elementary who has supported students to participate in this competition for four years. "There are steps to solving problems starting with empathy. Students learn how to look for problems, ideate or brainstorm ideas to solve a problem, and test their ideas using an engineering model."

Following the California Invention Convention, 17 students from FUSD were among 84 California inventors invited to compete in the National Invention Convention:

Inventor(s) Grade School Qualifying Invention
Rutvik Arora 6 Gomes Elementary The Reminding Machine
Vennela Attili 3 Harvey Green Elementary Water Bank
Zachary Chuang 4 Chadbourne Elementary BackSpace
Shivansh Grover 6 Gomes Elementary AquaNeer
Tavis Ho, Caleb Newman 5 Vallejo Mill Elementary Privacy Clips
Mohammad Iqbal 6 Gomes Elementary Bed Book Holder
Shrey Karmacharya 5 Azevada Elementary The Insulin Genie
Kabir Kulkarni 1 Hirsch Elementary Mask Standy Buddy
Kyara Le, Haneen Sulieman 5 Vallejo Mill Elementary Grocery Carrier 3000
Rohan Manoj 6 Gomes Elementary KONNECTIONS
Adira Mishra 3 Azevada Elementary The World Behind
Anisha Murthy 4 Chadbourne Elementary F-3T (Floss, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Tongue Cleaner)
Anay Parikh 6 Gomes Elementary PowerSight
Olivia Ramirez 6 Gomes Elementary The Minhaler
Daksha Ravindhar 6 Gomes Elementary Solar Cook
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Azevada Elementary student Adira Mishra will travel to the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

“All of us in Fremont Unified are proud of our students who qualified for the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, and wish those traveling to Michigan a fun and rewarding experience,” said FUSD Superintendent CJ Cammack. “All the students who participated — whether in local, state or national competitions — represent the curiosity, creativity and innovation our educators strive to inspire in each student.”

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Harvey Green Elementary School 3rd grader Vennela Attili is traveling to the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

Participating students submitted a prototype and video presentation of their invention, an inventor’s logbook, and a poster outlining the invention process.

"They design, build a prototype, test, reiterate to make improvements, test again, and present a solution," said Straub. "The classroom culture soon becomes one of problem solvers. They look for problems and are challenged to solve them. Our future depends on problem solvers."

While not every eligible inventor was able to travel to Michigan for the Nationals, student inventors from Harvey Green, Azevada, Gomes and Vallejo Mill elementary schools confirmed they were making the journey this week.

Select finalists from the national competition will be invited to the virtual Invention Convention Globals 2022 on August 26, 2022.

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Vallejo Mill Elementary 5th grader Kyara Le, who is among the FUSD students traveling to the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.
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Vallejo Mill students Haneen Sulieman, Tavis Ho and Caleb Newman will travel to the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

More on the California Invention Convention

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Azevada Elementary student Shrey Karmacharya will travel to the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.

FUSD students from Azevada, Chadbourne, Gomes, Green, Hirsch and Vallejo Mill elementary schools, and American and Mission San Jose high schools, competed at the California Invention Convention with over 250 inventors from across California.

Gomes Elementary 6th grader Daksha Ravindhar received one of 12 2022 Industry Focus Awards at the state competition; these winners are chosen by independent judges in each category with interest and/or expertise in that area. Ravindhar’s invention, Solar Cook, relies on renewable solar energy to prepare food, and was chosen as winner in the Energy category.

Five FUSD students also received 2022 Merit Awards, which are given to students whose inventions judges deem to be exemplary for their grade and age:

Inventor(s) Grade School Merit Award Invention
Mandeep Classke 3 Azevada Elementary Super Shoot
Umar Ahmed, Rishabh Bhattiprolu 6 Gomes Elementary T.E.S
Karthik Subramanian 9 American High School CalmSpace: An Assistive Technology to Tackle Autistic Meltdowns
Jessie Huang 11 Mission San Jose High School Smart Chair Cushion: Reduce the Risk of Obesity

The statewide award ceremony can be viewed here.


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