Look around the room at all the gadgets invented to make life easier. The remote for the television, the microwave and even the light bulb were all designed to raise our quality of life.

A few weeks ago, the fifth-graders at Frankton Elementary were asked to do the same thing, look around their homes and create an invention to eliminate some of life’s little hassles, and they sure took the assignment to heart.

Wednesday evening, the school cafeteria was filled with creative gadgets during the Invention Convention. Excitement filled the room with ideas ranging from the Brush ’n’ Bubbles hair brush, designed to both comb and shampoo your hair in the shower to doggie smoothies made from blended dog treats then frozen so dogs can enjoy cold snacks just as humans do.

As parents, teachers and fellow students walked from table to table, each child launched into a well-rehearsed pitch describing their invention in great detail.

Emily Imel, 10, stood in front of her self-watering garden, a clear plastic planter full of dirt containing a ground sensor connected to PVC pipe and a common yard sprinkler and began describing a common dilemma.

“Sometimes my plants and my garden gets dry,” she said. “I thought of this. When the ground sensor detects the temperature is too high, it causes the sprinkler to go off.”

Like many children, Jesse Jennings admitted he hates making his bed so he came up with an elaborate prototype of an easy bed-making system fashioned from pulleys and wire. As he yanked on the small metal string attached to the headboard of a miniature bed, the sheets and blankets neatly lined up without any wrinkles. “Instead of getting up and making the bed, you can just pull a string,” he said as he beamed with pride.

“He came up with this idea all by himself,” said Suzanne Jennings, Jesse’s mother. “He’s interested in science and really wanted to do this. I was so proud. I thought it was amazing.”

Suzanne admitted that Jesse hates making his bed and felt this project really pushed him to think of a creative solution. “I feel like anything like this that’s creative is a great way for Jesse to learn.”

This is the fifth year for the Invention Convention and was the collective idea of the fifth-grade teachers. “We wanted a way to teach science standards that is fun and also incorporates writing and social studies,” said Lori Morris, teacher. “We go through the invention process during the same time we are studying inventors and famous inventions.”

Morris said the students are also asked to do reports, which aid language skills, to present their inventions. After five years, Morris said the students keep surprising the teachers by coming up with even more original ways to solve everyday problems.

Drew Warner, 11, took his creation personally as he placed his invention on his face.

“I always have to clean my glasses, so I thought up the Wash Away 2,000,” he said. Tugging on fishing line connected to two small orange plastic wipers, he cleaned his glasses in seconds. “I had fun thinking of a way to make it work,” he said. “It took me about 45 minutes. I was proud.”

Other inventions included an earthquake-proof shelf using magnets to secure items, a pool warmer using solar energy, a Nintendo Game Boy theater made of mirrors designed to enlarge the screen and a shower towel warmer made from a plastic tub and fuel sticks to ensure a toasty treat after every bath.

“The kids were excited about the project,” said Phil Thomas, teacher. “They’ve done really well.”

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