Middle School Students Compete with Inventions


ORONO - You've probably seen an invention before, and wondered... why didn't i think of that? Well dozens of middle schoolers across Maine were competing for the top prizes today, with their new inventions.

Some of Maine's brightest young inventors came together Saturday, for the annual state Invention Convention.

Many of these gadgets have practical, every day uses. Take for example, the pickle cup fork.

The reason behind this contraption, is pretty straight forward: to prevent your fingers from getting sticky when eating a pickle or other juicy food.

Other innovations thought up by these middle schoolers include ski adapters, special pet cages, a waterproof ambulance, and even a couple new balls to be used in the major leagues.

96 students presented 84 different products. What spurred from just ideas were turned into inventions.

The winner of each grade level, as well as the overall champion, received a medal and $100 savings bond from Bangor Savings Bank.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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