Middle School students in Wayne County are vying for top spots in the Young Inventors Award Program.
Top finalists will be acknowledged on Wednesday January 17 at 6:30 p.m.
More than 200 people are expected to gather at Schoolcraft College to hear invention concepts from 30 middle-school students from three school districts as part of the annual Young Inventors Project.
The program is coordinated by the Livonia Chamber of Commerce, Alpha USA and Schoolcraft College, in conjunction with the Livonia, Clarenceville and Wayne-Westland school districts.
“This communitywide effort by local business and education leaders is a way to get young people to think about the types of careers that might interest them,” said Dan West, president of the Livonia Chamber of Commerce. “It is our hope this project inspires these students look at the high-demand skilled and technical careers.”
Educators at the respective schools pared the inventors to five finalists from each building. A panel of business leaders reviewed all inventions by the finalists to determine the top invention in each school, and top-3 inventions overall.
All finalists are invited to the Young Inventors Showcase to present their invention to a crowd of their parents, educators and other community leaders.
“This event gives these students an opportunity to share their ideas,” said West. “We are so glad to give them this platform.”