Invent Iowa - Iowa's Original STEM Program

by College of Education | Jan 30, 2014
Invent Iowa participants

Invent Iowa participants from Titan Hill Intermeduate School

A team of nine girls from Titan Hill Intermediate School in Council Bluffs invented an award-winning device to help elderly and disabled people get around. The device, called the Walk n’ Wheel, is a light-weight, titanium wheelchair that converts into a walker. It’s so promising, it already has a provisional patent and will soon go into production.

The invention was one of 232 inventions created by the K-12 students selected to present at Invent Iowa’s state invention convention in 2013. As one of Iowa’s original STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Programs, Invent Iowa is now in its 28th year and has engaged over one million K-12 Iowa students who continue to amaze and inspire with their inventions, some receiving national recognition.

“It is inspiring to see young inventors interested in helping people with disabilities and helping people better their lives,” says Susan Assouline, director of the Belin Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, the only center of its kind with an invention program.

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