MIDWEST CITY — Rose State College was host to aspiring young inventors during the Oklahoma Student Inventors Exposition, also known as the “invention convention.” The competition was open to students in grades kindergarten through 12.
The competition is a brainchild of former public school teacher and Rose State College Regent Betty J.C. Wright and inventor/businessman Julian Taylor, who wanted to provide a way for students to use their math, science and creative-thinking skills.
Wright said 214 students participated statewide, with 162 entering projects in the competition on Tuesday.
The purpose of the exposition has been to foster creativity, problem-solving, inventive thinking and ingenuity, said Wright, the coordinator.
Grand prize winner was Genesis Franks, a fourth-grader at Nichols Hills Elementary, for her invention titled “Quick Response to Bullying and Stranger Danger.”
Division I winner was Megan Cox, of Wayland Bonds Elementary in Moore, for “Baby-All-In-One,” and Division II winner was Victoria Crynes, of Jenks High School, for her invention, “Alternative Hospital Gown.”
For a complete list of winners, go to okstudentinventors.org.
Winners received cash prizes and trophies. Prizes also were awarded to their schools and teachers.