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SCIS 7th Invention Convention a Resounding Success

June, 2010
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Creativity. Drive. Ingenuity. Gumption. Resourcefulness. Perseverance. These are what it takes to invent something new in this world. These are what Shanghai Community International School’s students show their teachers every day. They had a chance to share their innovations with the public this past April. The 7th annual SCIS Invention Convention was a resounding success.  

scis-invention-sOn April 29 at the SCIS Pudong campus, over 140 students from the 5th grade classes from all three of the SCIS campuses (Hongqiao, Hangzhou and Pudong) gathered to participate in this celebration of creativity and entrepreneurship. 50 judges from the SCIS community, from engineers to businessmen, from architects to analysts, came forward to volunteer their professional insights to the students. 

All the students had prepared a persuasive short speech to outline the uniqueness of their invention and to explain how it solves a problem. They drew blueprints, created advertisements and, best of all, built a prototype of the actual invention. The judges faced tough choices: determining the top alternative between a multi-purpose purse/pillow and a board game designed to teach the basics of good health, or between a solar-powered laptop recharger and a convenient soap stick. Åsa Larsson, a Swedish mechanical engineer and judge for the Invention Convention commented on how difficult it was to choose between the many fine projects. “I was deeply impressed to see all the good ideas and inventions the kids had come up with,” she said, “and all the effort the kids had put into preparing their presentations.” She was also delighted to see so many girls engaged in the invention process. “Encouraging science, and especially for girls, is so very important!” she enthused.

By all measures the Invention Convention demonstrated the inventiveness and clever minds of the SCIS students! 

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