Mt. Pleasant Area students visit Davison's Inventionland
By Kelly Vernon
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Area elementary school gifted program students recently learned about the powers of creativity when they visited Davison's Inventionland along Route 28 at RIDC Park in the O'Hara section of Allegheny County.
Inventionland was founded by George Davison as a destination where companies can find new ideas.
The facility, which turns out 2,000 to 2,400 new inventions each year, bills itself as America's largest invention factory on its website, inventionland.com.
The fully functional design factory was home for a day to 38 students from Donegal, Norvelt and Ramsay elementary schools who attended the field trip. Students toured the facility, where guides explained how the inventing process works.
In addition, they described some of the products found in stores and online that Inventionland employees created.
A few of the students had the opportunity to test the Hover Creeper, a product used by automotive mechanics to work underneath vehicles.
Hover Creeper was invented and licensed by Davison as a corporate product for its own benefit.
“Inventionland was great, mystifying, and by far the best place you could ever hope to work,” said Bryce Jaworski, one of the gifted students in attendance.
Parent chaperone Toni Wilson said the recent field trip was very inspirational to the students. She added that it encouraged them to be creative and realize the importance of imagination.
“As a parent, I think I had as much fun as the kids. I was in awe at the atmosphere and the lengths that the company goes to produce an environment that allows their employees to use their imagination and create great products,” Wilson said.
Rachel Long, the district's gifted program instructor, is hopeful the students will use the knowledge gained at Inventionland to inspire their own inventions for the upcoming invention convention scheduled for Dec. 12 at Yough Intermediate Middle School, she said.
District students will have spent two-months working on their inventions prior to the convention.
In all, more than 200 students will present their inventions, along with a projected cost and where the product will be sold to a panel of three judges at the convention, according to Mandy Pazer, a gifted education faculty adviser at Yough School District.
First-, second- and third-place entries will be determined for each grade level, as well as two honorable mentions, at the event.
Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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