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State's Young Inventors Showcased at 19th Connecticut Invention Convention (Released: April 3, 2002)

By Janice Palmer, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Nearly 650 school children from across Connecticut will showcase their creativity during the 19th annual Connecticut Invention Convention on Saturday, April 6.

The event, hosted by the University of Connecticut School of Engineering, will be held at UConn's Harry A. Gampel Pavilion from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is expected to attract more than 2,500 people, including judges, parents, educators, industry sponsors and young inventors.

Opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. will include welcoming remarks and a keynote address by Michael Cantor, a patent and trademark attorney and an adjunct professor at the UConn School of Law. Cantor earned a bachelor's degree in chemical/materials engineering and a J.D. from the law school.

Beginning at 10:45 a.m. student competitors will present their inventions before teams of judges.

To qualify for this event, students competed in one of 85 local invention conventions held throughout the state, which involved 10,000 students (K-12).

During the judging period, visitors are encouraged to investigate a series of working exhibits and demonstrations staffed by UConn engineering faculty and students. Guided tours of campus, leaving from Gampel Pavilion, will be offered from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Angelo Rosetti, president of SiliconSound, a virtual non-profit company enabling Connecticut technology and e-business community leaders to network effectively, will give a brief talk at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. the awards will be presented.

The Connecticut Invention Convention is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, and is underwritten by grants and in-kind support from community, educational institutions, business and charitable organizations. In addition to the UConn School of Engineering, sustaining donors include GE Elfun Society Greater Hartford Chapter, Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, United Technologies Corp., Connecticut Light & Power/Energy Efficiency Team, Phoenix Investment Partners, Electric Insurance Co., Microsoft, and SBC Southern New England Telephone.

For more information on the Connecticut Invention Convention, visit our Web site at www.engr.uconn.edu/~cicweb or call (860) 793-5299.

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