Young inventors earn honors in state competition

Eight Indiana Area School District students, representing East Pike Elementary School and Horace Mann Elementary School, competed in the state level of the annual PA Invention Convention contest, which took place at the Hershey Lodge on February 7, 2024. They qualified for the state competition by placing at the regional level of competition, which was hosted by ARIN IU in December.


The mission of the PA Invention Convention is to provide students across the Commonwealth with the opportunity to explore, design, and create an invention that meets the needs of the end user while competing against other students for statewide recognition. 

First place regional winners, Avery Schneider and Adaleigh Maruca, presented their Sub Safety invention in the K-4th division, while second place regional winners, Grant Rosendale, Jack Welsh and Emmit Wright, presented their Book Beam invention. 


For the 5th-8th division, first place regional winners, Penny Higbee and Sienna Oaks, presented their PULS (Pop Up Lid & Straw) Holder invention, and second place regional winner, Quinne Evans, presented her Fidget Box 2.0 invention. 


Judging took place in the early afternoon, and the Sub Safety invitation by Avery Schneider and Adaleigh Maruca earned third place honors.


Congratulations to all the inventors!


In photo at top left are Avery Schneider and Adaleigh Maruca; top right: Penny Higbee and Sienna Oaks; bottom left: Quinne Evans; and bottom right: Emmet Wright, Grant Rosendale, Jack Welsh, and Enrichment Support Teacher, David Sheeran