I3 - Investigate! Invent! Innovate! is an integrated science and technology program for elementary school students in grades 7 and 8. The goal of the program is to instill passion in all students for learning about science, mathematics, and technology and to foster the entrepreneurial spirit from within.This blog posts from Edmonton showcases the journey of school kids as they go through the process of investigating, inventing, and innovating.
Canada’s future is in very good hands. That was the impression of everyone who took a look at some of the dozens of contraptions, devices, gadgets and gizmos at The Learning Partnership’s Annual Invention Conventions in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto at the end of April.
The Invention Convention is the culmination of I3 - Investigate! Invent! Innovate! program, an integrated science and technology program for Grades 7 and 8 students. The sheer creativity, imagination, determination and intelligence on display were impressive. This year we saw a portable pocket, a bicycle equipped to charge your cell phone or iPod as you rode, a cupcake protector, an adjustable hockey stick, a hygienic toilet seat closer and many more innovative solutions to everyday products were demonstrated.
Calgary was the first to host a Invention Convention of April 19. The day began with a live interview with a teacher and six students on CITY-TV’s Breakfast Television. The students demonstrated their inventions and the BT interviewer was visibly impressed by their work. Later that day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., more than 450 students from 15 schools and two school boards gathered at Calgary City Hall to show the public what they had created.
Edmonton’s Invention Convention was next on April 20 and it garnered a great deal of media attention. CITY TV’s Breakfast Television, CBC and CTV evening news, Shaw Cable and the Edmonton Journal all reported on event, much to the delight of the young inventors. More than 700 enthusiastic students from 11 schools and three school boards took part and proudly presented their projects at Edmonton Public School Centre for Education or St. Joseph’s High School.
On April 26, 1,100 students from 26 Toronto area schools displayed their inventions at seven venues across the city. Many students produced brochures, business cards and websites to promote their products and passersby commented on the students maturity, poise, ingenuity and presentation skills.
“This is amazing,” said one executive at a Toronto Bay Street location. He echoed the thoughts of convention visitors across the country when he said, “What a great way to inspire creativity in kids and build their business skills. I’m really impressed.”
We are so proud of this program because it successfully instills a passion for science, mathematics and technology in elementary students. The ability to innovate, think creatively and problem solve effectively will be essential skills in tomorrow’s economy, and I3 - Investigate! Invent! Innovate! program fosters those skills.
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