That was one of the four rotations of activities at
It's Hannah and Cana's first year at
"I love the inventions that we can just make," Hannah said.
"It's definitely something different than what we get to do in the classroom on a regular basis," Leduc said, "because this is a lot of free thinking and you trying to figure out what works and what doesn't."
Invent Now is the nonprofit that runs the nationwide program, and it's also supported through the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the
At Lewis Cass, there are four classes for students: "Pinbug," "Amplified," "
"Pinbug" is also referred to as "Take Apart," and students bring in old electronics from home to take apart and make into something new. This year, they have to make a pinball machine that's designed around a bug.
Hannah and Cana had to design their "Pinbug" machine like a butterfly. So they're using old speakers as the wings.
"It was pretty fun to do the take apart," Cana said," and getting to be creative when we're building stuff."
At the "Amplified" class,
Cana tasted bitter chocolate on the paper and Hannah thought it tasted like lemon.
"The idea is to make a car that can climb a wall or fly or go underwater," Stewart said. "Now obviously we can't really do that in here, so we're inventing things that we think will work."
The students added propellers, rubber bands, balloons and other things to see what makes a car work best.
The fourth class is the "
They then designed high-speed communication devices Thursday as well as brainstorming about inventions that can make people's lives better.
Bruner said some students came up with robots that can help with cleaning the house or doing homework. And some sketched an idea for animal prosthetics, which was brought to their attention from a video from the inventors hall of fame that talked about prosthetics.
Leduc also said they hired three Lewis Cass high school students to help out at
Leduc also many students come back to
Hannah and Cana are still improving their "Pinbug" machine to operate just like a butterfly from CD player parts and cardboard.
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