Steps for Parents - Grades 3,4,5
In this step, students will learn about inventors and their inventions. The knowledge gained in this step will help students develop an appreciation for inventors and will help establish in them a positive attitude about the invention process. They will learn that successful inventors:
Finding a need to fulfill or a problem to solve is the second step in the invention process. The invention may be a new product or it may be a new process for doing something.
Students should create detailed plans for their invention or process.
In the plans the developmental steps are laid out, preliminary drawings
may be made, time limits are established, materials are listed, and
testing methods are defined. During the planning step, students must
decide whether they will produce a small model or a full-size prototype
of their invention. Students inventing a new process will want to
develop an outline for their report. Remember there will project size parameters. Students will will given a display board.
In this step, students build their invention or develop their process. They will learn that plans need to be changed along the way and that trial and error is a part of the invention process. In addition, they will do appropriate testing and record any necessary data for their test report.
The Invention Convention is the event that students have been waiting for. It provides each qualifying student with an opportunity to display her or his project. On the designated date, students will bring their inventions to the selected convention site. Here the inventions will be officially judged, and awards will be presented .