By Patric Hedlund—Those worried about California’s conversion to Common Core educational standards might have been reassured by the excitement at Frazier Park School’s Invention Convention March 9.
Young student scientists were invited to select a problem, then craft an invention that could offer a solution. This is said to be the sort of thinking promoted by Common Core standards. Excitement was wild. If Golden Globes had been passed out, Stanley Enscoe might have won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for tastiest entry. The second grader invented Sunshine Ice Cream.
Like a successful chemist, he whipped together lemon iced tea mix with vanilla ice cream, then froze the blend to the consistency of a brick—which presented a problem when it came time to dish out samples for his invention’s eager fans.
These second graders nailed one objective of California’s Common State Standards (CCSS): to develop creative problem solving.
Of course, Invention Convention was a popular staple at Frazier Park School long before anyone ever dreamed up the invention known as CCSS.
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•Stanley Enscoe was straining to scoop his invention into sampling cups. He wrote: “I invented Sunshine Ice Cream last summer on a hot day. It is made with vanilla ice cream and lemon-flavored iced tea mix. You follow the simple recipe that I created, and afterwards you have a delicious treat. Please let me know if you want to try my creation.”
•Juan Esparza developed the ‘Fork Brush’ so “you can eat food and then brush your teeth.” Very practical.
•Hallie Haflich came up with the ‘Pick Your Gumball’ organizer, nicely crafted with a little help from Dad. The user interface was immediately understood by second grade boys.
•Will Edwards made the Lego Picker 1000. He got the parts at Ace Hardware. His invention fits on a vacuum hose. “I got it in my head cause I love legos and I didn’t want to pick them all up. You put it on a vacuum. It doesn’t have an ‘on’ button,” Will said.
•Principal Keri St. Jeor said he was happy to see all the great ideas.
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This is part of the April 18, 2014 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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