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Two C.H. Barrows STEM Academy Students Selected to Represent Connecticut and Compete at the Invention Convention National Competition 2017

Connecticut selects 40 students to attend the National Convention, and this year two are from C.H. Barrows STEM Academy, Windham, CT

The Connecticut Invention Convention was hosted by the University of Connecticut School of Engineering at UConn's Gampel Pavilion

National Invention Convention is held June 1-3, 2017 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA

Oliver Gatti is a fourth grade student who invented the “Carbage Can,"  a place for kids to put garbage after having a snack in the car.  The Carbage Can works like this:  double-sided Velcro tape holds a garbage can in place, yet makes it easy to remove from the car.  A tray can fold up and down for a place to put the snack food.


Addie Wallace is an eighth grade student who invented the “Eco-Tote,” a wearable, re-usable shopping bag that you wear into the store.The Eco-Tote works like this: It takes the form of a scarf that can be worn, then, when you need a shopping bag, it will transform into one for you. This can help reduce the number of plastic bags used.

C.H. Barrows STEM Academy requires all students to submit an invention to the Invention Convention which is judged by more than 100 judges from local schools and businesses. Judges selected the best student inventions to compete at the regional competition held at Goodwin College in East Hartford.

Barrows had approximately 35 students selected to go to the State Invention Convention at UConn, and seven students won awards at that state competition:

Eva Donnelly Hardisty, Oliver Gatti, Darien Jenkins, Dominic Mazzaia. Tobias Keldsen, Lily Norris and Addison Wallace.