Seventh-graders at Soehl Middle School recently held an “Invention Convention,” where they presented research about famous inventors – as well as models the students created of their inventions.
Prior to the event on Dec. 8, the students researched inventors and inventions in their language arts classes, studying reliable websites, annotating informational texts, and summarizing facts. Students learned about inventors such as Samuel Morse and Jacques Cousteau, and about inventions including the washing machine, scuba diving equipment, the telegraph, and pigeon photography. Students designed a poster about the invention, created an iMovie about the inventor using their MacBooks, and built a model of the invention using household items.
The project culminated at the convention, where students visited the various exhibits and completed a scavenger hunt to answer comprehension questions. This project was done under the direction of language arts teachers Jennifer Macdonald and Christine Urbanczyk as well as student teacher Jamie Pierson.