Gifted and Talented students from three Blaine County public schools participated in the Southwest Regional Invent Idaho competition in Boise on Saturday, Jan. 26—and one took home the top prize in his category.
Hailey Elementary fifth-grader Hayden Barbre earned the Best in Show award for grades 5-8 for his KELP (Kelp Electromagnetic Life Protector) idea, a system that would remove radioactivity from the atmosphere.
Since 1989, the contest has encouraged students to brainstorm solutions to real-world problems by thinking creatively. This year’s event culminates in the Invent Idaho State Finals on March 1-2 at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
At the regionals, Adena Garrison, Jackson Harper and Audrey Smith represented Bellevue Elementary; Barbre, Elli Siegel, Jack Daly, George Heath, Rowan Star, Shayne Burrell, Tessa Peck, Anna Gilman, Miles McMinn and William Cone represented Hailey Elementary; and Cora Fankhanel, JackHenry Kelso, Thijs Lloyd, Jed Copenbarger, Bianca Smith, Angel Guzman-Mendoza, Mauricio McCann, Dalton Sampson, Issy Rossellini, Hayden Gvozdas, Jacob Choma, Parker Seaman, Kahrs Bemis, Oscar Mullen, Addie Parmenter, Carson Bauer and Rya Nichols represented Ernest Hemingway STEAM School, according to district Spokeswoman Heather Crocker.