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YOUNG INVENTORS NIGHT

KINDER TO 3RD GRADE

Are you ready for a STEM Challenge?!

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Join us for our very first Young Inventors Night on Feb 15, 2024 from 4-6pm, open to all Kinder to 3rd grade Whales.

It's easy to participate!

(1) Pick a challenge.

(2) Register (Closed as of 01/15/2024).

(3) Build your STEM inspired vehicle or building.

(4) Test your vehicle or building during the Young Inventors Night while your family cheers you on!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE INVENTORS!

Contact Chair, Marloes Hensels, for any questions at YoungInventors.williams@gmail.com.

ADULT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

To make this event a success, we need the help of some adult volunteers to help manage our student volunteers. Please sign up HERE for a one-hour shift. We can't do it without YOU!

5TH GRADE VOLUNTEERS

We are looking for 5th grade volunteers to help during the Young Inventors Night!
Please sign-up below, if interested. 

I give my child permission to volunteer and will promptly drop off my child at 3:30 and pick him/her up at 7:00pm.

Sign below.

Thank you!

CHALLENGE OPTIONS:

*Minimum 1 challenge, maximum 2 challenges.

LEGO GRAVITY CAR

Challenge:

How far can your lego car drive on the go cart track?

 

How:

Build your own lego gravity car and test it at Young Inventors Night.

 

Criteria:

Student must complete on his/her own. No parent assistance.

Car Dimensions:

Length: Maximum 7 inches long.

Width: Maximum 3 inches wide.

Height: Maximum 3 1/2 inches tall.

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WIND POWERED CAR

Challenge:

How far can your car drive on wind?

 

How:

Build your own car from recyclable household items and test it at Young Inventors Night.

 

Criteria:

Student must complete on his/her own. No parent assistance.

Car Dimensions:

Length: Maximum 7 inches long.

Width: Maximum 3 inches wide.

Height: Maximum 3 1/2 inches tall.

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UNSINKABLE BOAT

Challenge:

How many pennies can your boat hold before it sinks?

 

How:

Build your own car from recyclable household items and test it at Young Inventors Night.

 

Criteria:

Student must complete on his/her own. No parent assistance.

Boat Dimensions:

Length: Maximum 10 inches

Width: Maximum 5 inches

Height: Maximum without sail 3 inches

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EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT BUILDING

Challenge:

Can you make a building to resist an earthquake?

 

How:

Build your own building from toothpicks and marshmallows and test it at Young Inventors Night.

 

Criteria:

Student must complete on his/her own. No parent assistance.

House Dimensions:

2 stories

Height: Minimum 5 inches

Width & Length: Minimum 5x5 inches

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who can participate in Young Inventors Night?

Any Kinder to 3rd grade Williams students.

Is participating in Young Inventors Night mandatory?

No, participation is optional.

Is Young inventors Night part of my student's grade?

No.

Can I do my project with a friend?

No. The challenges were selected with this age group in mind and are achievable projects on their own. Part of the experience for the students is being able to do this on his/her own and have fun experiencing it.

When do I bring my vehicle or building?

Please bring it on the day of the event starting from 3:45pm.

Will the projects be reviewed?

No, they will not be reviewed or rated. The goal is for students to have exposure to STEM and have fun doing it! All participants will be recognized for their participation.

Will there be funding provided for materials?

No, materials should be sourced by the inventor participating.

Will participating students get a homework pass from their teachers?

No. If participating, this is an extra curricular activity your student is choosing to do. Homework and other school work should be completed as normal.

Can the students display their projects in their class?

No. However, all projects will be on display during Young Inventors Night as the students test their creations against the chosen challenges. Friends and family will be encouraged to attend and support. 

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