Canyon Crest Academy clubs host finalists in Inventions Contest


The Canyon Crest Academy Inventions Club and SPARK Chemistry Demonstration Club held a showcase May 21 for finalists in their San Diego Elementary School Inventions Contest. Seventeen elementary school students from two districts were recognized for their hard work and ingenuity. The showcase featured chemistry demonstrations ranging from dry ice to a Van de Graaff generator.

The top two students in three categories (creativity, thoroughness, and impact) were recognized with gift certificates and science kits. The winning inventions, chosen by students and teachers at Canyon Crest Academy, were as follows: The Life Saver by Advait Bhagvat, Innovative Coal Particle Removal by Andrew Kuang, and The Hover Board by Joyce E. Garofalo. The second place inventions were as follows: The Device-Nonfall-Inator 2000 by Leon Rice, Device-Controlled Luggage by Siddhi Vilas Shukla, and Zambeonos by Dasha Zerboni.

The contest was organized by high school students at CCA, led by Julie Vaughn and Madeline Snigaroff, with sponsorship and guidance from faculty member Kaveh Shakeri of CCA. The goal of the clubs are to stimulate interest in STEM-related topics both in the local area as well as other communities around the county.