Students build a better future at the Invention Convention

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Student Union at Gulf Coast State College was brimming with invention and creativity Thursday evening as they hosted the 5th annual Invention Convention awards ceremony.

Dozens of Bay District Schools students spent hours researching and inventing solutions to everyday problems.

25 volunteer judges determined winners from a total of 114 entries from 11 Bay County public, private, and charter schools.

Student inventions like ‘The Safe Seat’ and ‘H20 To Go’ brought home awards in the public safety category.

The program’s main focus is teaching students problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and creativity while building confidence and innovation with hands-on learning.

We spoke with K12 Science Instructional Specialist Jill Hansen about the importance of programs like the Invention Convention.

“The kids have put a lot of research into what they came up with. I could see their anxiety yesterday,” Hansen said. “I could see their eagerness and the relief and the joy when they heard their names and they got their certificates and they hear about their advancement to nationals is why all that work is worth it.”

Students who placed first have one more step in their journey. They will be heading to the national competition in June.

News 13’s very own Amy Hoyt had the privilege of emceeing this year’s awards ceremony.

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