Five Colchester student inventors were selected at the regional invention convention to advance to the state convention. William J. Johnston Middle School students Chloe Marshall (Gr.6) and Zachary Starks (Gr.7) and Jack Jackter Intermediate School students Abigail Belding (Gr.5) Reese Henderson (Gr.3) Boone Washburn (Gr.5) were selected by STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) profession judges to advance to the state convention on April 29th.
At the state convention WJJMS student Chloe Marshall received the United Technologies "Moving the World Forward" Award, the Eversource Energy Award, and a Recognized Inventor Award for the State of Connecticut. Chloe's project, the Pedal Gen 2.0, is a working pedal generator that creates electricity from student fidgeting. Zachary Starks received the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering Award and will be attending an engineering banquet in Hartford this month. Zach's project is an automatic paper re-roller that solves a common household problem with pets and small children. JJIS fifth grade student Abigail Belding invented an indoor composting creation called Too Good To Waste! She was a recognized inventor and chosen as the CT Environmental Forum Award.
Chloe and Abby will represent the State of Connecticut at the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington D.C. in June.