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     January 17, 2019      #14-17 PB1
Nathan Loy, 16, of Kasson, talks about the self-indicating goniometer with visitors during the last Inventors Fair, in 2017. Last year’s fair was canceled due to weather.

Andrew Link / alink@postbulletin.com

Calling all young inventors

From Staff Reports

Registration for this year’s Inventors Fair is open.

The fair showcases young inventors from throughout southeastern Minnesota who are solving life’s problems, big or small.

“At the last fair, we saw everything from automated gutter cleaners to ‘waffle-bots,’ modern enigma machines to automatic pet feeding and watering stations. We’re excited to see what they come up with this year,” said organizer Randi Kallas.

The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9 at Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road, Rochester. It is open to all students in grades 4 through 12 and is a judged event. Winners in two age categories can receive up to $1,000. In addition, a popular vote is taken and the three top vote-getters in each age group receive $400, $200 or $100.

“It’s very special to showcase these young inventive minds, and we are thrilled that we can reward them with money,” said Kallas.

The fair is open to the public. Besides the young inventors, local companies such as IBM and Limb Lab, demonstrate the innovative work they are doing.

“We think it’s interesting for everyone to see what inventive thinking is being done right here. And it’s especially important for students to see that there is a real-world outlet for creative and outside-the-box ideas,” said Kallas.

The Inventors Fair is different than a science fair in that students show actual inventions — not storyboard explanations of how muscles work, but something that actually measures how much those muscles are working, for example, she said.

Registration is open through Feb. 25 and is available at www.postbulletin.com/inventorsfair.

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