Searcy Public Schools students have been “little inventors” this year as second grade students at all three elementary schools have participated in Invention Conventions. Students learned about historical inventors and the steps they took to solve problems.
Then, our students became inventors themselves by creating “Bug Books,” which are journals used to write down things that “bug” them or problems they have and worked to create a solution. The schools emphasized that students and parents should work together but that the students should have the ideas and reasoning for their inventions. Each school invited school officials or community members to judge the most creative and innovative projects.
Christine Harrell, Searcy School District math and science facilitator, is pleased this unit has been added to the curriculum. “It allows students to find a problem and work toward a solution. It also encourages parents to become more involved in their child’s learning.” Additionally, this type of learning is very hands-on and engages young children at a greater level. It teaches them to begin thinking early about what type of educational path they will want to pursue.
All second grade teachers worked very hard with their students to make this exhibit fun and educational. Parents were invited to attend at each campus to see how their children presented their ideas and their inventions. And, we hope all our “little inventors” will remember what Albert Einstein once said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
Photo caption: Second grade student Aidan Hass explains his "Pet Foodinator" invention at McRae Elementary School. Hass is a student in Mrs. Hopper's class.