A second-grader from Delaware’s Ervin Carlisle Elementary School made quite the impression at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, D.C., last month when she presented her invention “Baby No Throw.”
Ava Stake competed against students from 23 states and won second place in the K-3 category of the competition with her invention that prevents babies from throwing items from their highchairs.
The expo was created not only in order to encourage creativity and innovation, but also to encourage student interest in science, math and technology careers. Students are not only judged on the usefulness and creativity of their idea, but also on how they pitched the idea to the judges.
This year they focused on solutions to everyday problems, prompting Ava to tackle the frustrating problem that all babies seem to create when in a highchair. Ava knew all about that problem as she has younger sister, Alexa, who was the inspiration for her idea.
In order to even participate in the national expo, Ava had to first participate in the Delaware City Schools’ Invention Convention where 10 students were selected to go to Central Ohio Regionals. Then, at the Central Ohio Regionals, she placed second in the second-grade category and was invited to participate in the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington.
For students in grades K-3, Nationals is a virtual competition where participants provide photos of their inventions, scan their journals and submit a video explaining their inventions and showing how it works. Ava didn’t just get a red ribbon for her efforts, she also received a $250 continuing education scholarship.
Morgyn Cooper is an intern for The Gazette.