2015 Invention Convention

CPS level Invention Convention Saturday, May 16, 2015

Congratulations to the students who represented Washington Irving at the CPS level Invention Convention 2015:


 CPS level Invention Convention 2015 photos

Miranda Bernal-  Bandaid Bracelet

Burtrell “BJ” Selph- Selphanator Trash Reducing System

Ida Maina- Child Presence Alert System (won 2nd place for 5th grade)

Timothy LaRue- Safety  Lite Vest

Emmanuel Ramirez- Shalt Snow Shovel (won honorable mention)

Amaya Whaley- Bus Card Glove

Joshua Smith- Music To Go (won honorable mention)

 Washington Irving Invention Convention Winners

4th grade-

1st Miranda Bernal- Bandaid Bracelet, keeps bandaids handy
2nd Burtrell Selph- Selphanator, trash chopper to help reduce volume of waste
3rd Cheniya Miles- Utensils Combined, take all the utensils you need in one handy pack
5th grade-
1st Ida Maina- Child Alert, warns if child left in car
2nd Ariana Williams and Dakiyah Moore- Super Pack, backpack that massages your shoulders
3rd Timothy Larue- Reflect-O-Lite Vest, lights up for safety
6-8th grade-
1st Emmanuel Ramirez- Shalty, snow shovel that distributes salt at same time
2nd- Joshua Mendozaestrada- Windshield and Wiper Protectors
3rd- Amaya Whaley- Bus Card Glove, keep your Ventra card safe and easy access





Event Info

  • Date: Saturday, May 16th, 2015
  • Location: Clemente Community Academy, 1147 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
  • Public Transportation: Within walking distance of many public transportation options.
  • Bus – 49, 70, 52, 50, Train – 1 mile from Division and Damen Blue Line stops
  • Parking: There is a small lot on the southeast corner of Western and Division as well as street parking available.
  • Entry: Please enter the building doors on the north side of Division St (by the gyms).
  • Parents, grandparents, siblings, neighbors, etc. are all welcome to attend.

Event Day Timeline

  • Check In: Student check-in and setup will be from 8:15 AM-9:15 AM. Each student will receive an assigned judging time upon check-in at the event.
  • Judging: Judging will be in half hour increments from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM.
  • Awards: Awards will be from 12:15 PM-1:00 PM. All inventors MUST be present for the judging and the awards presentation to be judged and to be eligible for a prize. All members of a team must be present.


Be sure you have your project ready to present (board, packet and prototype).  Be ready to show you invention to the judges and explain the design process (how you came up with the idea; how you built, tested and made modifications to improve it).  Dress nicely to impress the judges and to take pictures.

Washington Irving’s Invention Convention Friday, March 6, 2015

(You may bring your projects after school on Thursday 3/6/15 between 3:30-4:30 or bring them with you to school Friday morning)


All Students 4-8th grade will participate.  This is a project grade



  1. Display Board (purchase at school for $5)
  2. Student Journal
  3. Working Prototype




2015 Suggested Timeline:

1.  Identify Problem- no later than Jan 30 (about 2 weeks)

2.  Make prototype- the first time you make it should be no later than Feb 13 (about 2 weeks)

3.  Test and make improvements- continue until it works well

4.  Make Board- no later than March 1

5.  Practice Presentation- March 1 until

6.  Bring board, student journal and working prototype to the gym- before school Friday,  March 6

7.  Take project home and save until CPS level Invention Convention, make improvements as needed (CPS date and location to be announced)

8.  Winners of Irving Invention Convention announced- Monday, March 9




2014 Invention Convention page– pictures and highlights from last year

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