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Museum to host Invention Convention
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LARGO – The inaugural Invention Convention will be presented Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N.

The Invention Convention will feature more than 30 gifted kindergarten through fifth grade children from Pinellas County Schools showcasing and sharing their inventions to the public, as well as to judges from the Tampa Bay Inventors Council. Inventions will be for babies, camping, food utensils, school supplies, showers, sports and much more.

Eleven Pinellas County schools will be participating, including Bauder Elementary, San Jose Elementary, Leila Davis Elementary, Lake St. George Elementary, Cypress Woods Elementary, Dunedin Elementary, Sunset Hills Elementary, Sutherland Elementary, Skycrest Elementary, Eisenhower Elementary and Curlew Creek Elementary. Each participating school will select the top three inventions that will move onto the Invention Convention. Each school has their own judging committee to make the school-based decision.

These gifted children have been learning about inventors and inventions throughout this academic school year, studying individuals such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Leonardo daVinci. Students will create their own inventions as the culmination of the program.

The Tampa Bay Inventors Council judges will be looking for creativity, originality, problem solving, model of the invention, design and documentation. Children also may include a promotional spin inclusive of a logo, slogan or jingle. These creative children will be vying for the first place prize of $1,000. The second prize will be an iPad and the third prize will be a mini iPad.

The event is included in the museum’s regular admission prices of $17.95 for adults, $12.95 for youths 4 to 12, and $14.95 for veterans and seniors 65 and older. Hot dogs and snacks will be available for purchase in the museum’s Officers’ Club.

The event is sponsored in part by Walgreens, the Tampa Bay Inventors Council and Pinellas County Schools.

Following the conclusion of the Invention Convention, the museum will be closed until 5 p.m., allowing the museum time to prepare for another scheduled event, the third annual Red White and Craft Brews Fest. For information, visit www.a­rmedf­orces­museu­
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