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Chicago Student Invention Convention regional winners take home prizes at U.S. Nationals

Posted: August 3 2020

2020-CSIC-HeaderOn April 25, 2020 over 100 students from across Chicago and its suburbs were honored for their problem-solving inventions during the 8th annual Chicago Student Invention Convention. The event was scheduled to take place at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, but was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision allowed students, parents, and teachers, to receive recognition for inventions which had been in development since the beginning of the academic year.

49 of these participants took home top honors at the regional convention, including:

Kindergarten-3rd Grade Winners:

Jack Cee, 1st place, The Four-Handed Glove

Toni Adegunsoye and Paxton Scott, 2nd place, PaxToni “Chox”: School Locker Chair and Box

Ella Wang, 3rd place, How to Be Calm? App

4th Grade Winners:

Abhi Majumdar, 1st place, VaccEraser

Zahira Jimenez and Alexa Messier, 2nd place,  Travel Brush

Rohan Rao and Gehrig Ray, 3rd place (tie), Kid’s Independence and Safety System

Colin Sherman and Wes Wieker, 3rd place (tie), Side Sleeper

5th Grade Winners:

Ansh Malhotra, 1st place,   Charging Detector

Hugo Brugue-Hernando, 2nd place, The Magnetic Solution

Rosmeri Landa and Rubi Rodriguez, 3rd place, Glasses Grabbers

6th Grade Winners:

Emma DeVoll, 1st place, Roll ‘N Shoot

Katie Altman 2nd place, Heat No More

Gael Diaz and Jeff Zavelsky, 3rd place,  Shoe Blo 3000

7th Grade Winners:

Siena Martorina, 1st place, The Pedestrian Wand

Sofia Wang and Abigail Lee, 2nd place,  Solar Scope

Tuana Cavusoglu and Emma Wojdyla, 3rd place, The Handy Book

8th Grade Winners:

Rhea Choksey and Nicole Magerkurth, 1st place, Strategic Pill Disposal Technician

Florian Halimi and Aanya Sahu, 2nd place, Hydro Wheel

Michael Frieri and Rohan Ganeshan, 3rd place, Enz-Essential

Specialty Awards:

Noah Hong, After School Award,  1st, The Good Breather

Ben Dorsey, After School Award, 2nd, The Bookmobile

Kaelyn McColl, Computer Science Award, 1st, SeeLikeMe

Ifeoma Okolo, Chukwuebuka Akujieze, Jose Gomez, Malia Johnson, Computer Science Award, 2nd, The Four Heartbeats Present: Visualize Your Heartbeat Tee

Samantha Laskiewicz, Patent Award, The Fetch It

On July 2, 2020, there were 49 winning inventors from the regional event invited to compete at the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals competition. The event typically takes place in Dearborn, Michigan, at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, but it was held virtually this year and hosted by Innovation Nation correspondent, Alie Ward.

Among the many honorees were two winners from the Chicago Student Invention Program.

Noah Hong took second place overall among seventh-graders for his invention The Good Breather. Noah also won The Lemelson Foundation’s “Community and Societal Benefit Award.” Millan Malapeddi, seventh grade, won the Black and Decker “Those Who Make the World” Award for his invention The UV Berry.

The Chicago Student Invention Convention (CSIC) is a featured program of the Chicago Innovation Foundation. Its regional K-8 invention education curricular program maps to Next Generation Science Standards and teaches students to identify and solve problems in their own lives, as well as fosters critical thinking and creativity skills that builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. To participate, students are required to be part of a registered and trained CSIC classrooms, and must submit a video presentation of their invention, a prototype, an inventor’s journal, and a poster board (or Encyclopedia Britannica LumieLabs video) that highlights key points of the invention process.

Prizes and opportunities this year included a pro bono patent award from law firm Thompson & Coburn LLP, online classes with Codeverse and Digital Adventures, and museum passes to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Adler Planetarium, and the Chicago History Museum.

A recording of the Chicago Student Invention Convention awards ceremony can be viewed here.
A recording of the U.S. Nationals awards ceremony can be viewed here.

For more information on the Chicago Student Invention Convention, visit
For more information about the U.S. Nationals Invention Convention visit


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