TMA Students Shine at 2016 CT Invention Convention; Move on to Nationals

May 5, 2016 (Avon, CT) — Six students from Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) won awards at the Connecticut Invention Convention on Saturday, April 30, including three who were selected to advance to the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) in Alexandria, Va., May 19-21. The TMA students competed with approximately 850 scholars in grades 4-8 from throughout Connecticut and received the following awards:


•DASH CORNING, Grade 7 | Project Name: ARGIS
Awards: National Invention Convention Qualifier; Recognized Inventor; CT Academy of Science & Engineering (CASE) Award; Henry J. Link Family Award


•EMMA RUCCIO, Grade 6 | Project Name: Forget Me Not
Awards: National Invention Convention Qualifier; Recognized Inventor; Pitney Bowes Innovation Award


•RYDER BIDWELL, Grade 6 | Project Name: Ice Alert
Awards: National Invention Convention Qualifier; Recognized Inventor; Pratt & Whitney Award


•DANIEL DAVIDSON, Grade 8 | Project Name: ZeroLock Guitar
Awards: UCONN School of Engineering/Early College Experience Award


•ANDREW WU, Grade 7 | Project Name: Mag Knitz
Award: Microsoft Accessibility Award 


•LEO SOUTHAM, Grade 5 | Project Name: Subshark
Award: Recognized Inventor


The Connecticut Invention Convention is an award winning, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) educational organization started in 1983 as part of the Connecticut Educators Network for the Talented and Gifted. The program is open to K-8 students statewide and is designed to develop, encourage, and enhance critical thinking skills through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. More than 200 Connecticut schools and 15,000 students participate annually. Approximately 1,000 students participate at the statewide convention, with forty continuing to the National Invention Convention mid-May.


Talcott Mountain Academy is an independent school for intellectually excited students K-8. Founded in 1983 as a division of the Talcott Mountain Science Center, the Academy is a unique on-site learning laboratory that nurtures children’s innate abilities from an early age.