Congratulations to all grade 4 students for completing their inventions!
Westminster hosted the annual Invention Convention on Thursday, Feb 21 in the Lower School Gym. As part of the fourth grade curriculum, the students are given the task or providing a solution to a real life problem. The Invention Convention gives these young entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their one-of-a-kind, handmade inventions, designed to solve the problem they've each identified to parents, faulty, and other visitors.
Westminster has hosted the Invention Convention for over 19 year, and the fourth grade teachers have integrated the project into all curriculum areas. Students were not only asked to solve a problem with an invention. They were also tasked with researching famous inventors, designing a website, and writing how-to instructions to reconstruct their inventions. The students work mostly in class on their inventions, during which parents are invited to assist with construction.
A notable invention from 2017 is "Rake Hands 5000," designed by current fifth grader, Patrick Joiner. Joiner's invention was so creative and unique, he was featured on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" during the "GE Fallonventions" segment in September 2017. In years past, Westminster students were also sent to the Inventure Challenge at Georgia Tech where students from across the state in grades K-12 present their inventions. Congratulations to all of the 2019 inventors this year! Photos from the night can be found on our Flickr album here.