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      Ottumwa students to showcase inventions at 23rd Invention Convention

      Ottumwa area students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade are stirring up their creative juices as they prepare for the 23rd annual "Invention Convention."

      The event will be held on Tuesday, January 28th in the Ottumwa High School cafeteria from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

      "This is a great opportunity for students in grades K through 8th to participate in a competition within their community and to show off their creativity and problem solving skills," said Liberty Elementary Talented and Gifted teacher Breanna Hinmon.

      The event is sponsored by John Deere Ottumwa Works, which also provides medals to the winning inventions.

      John Deere engineers judge the inventions based on categories such as creativity, thinking, and problem solving skills, while also providing helpful feedback to the students.

      Entry forms are available in each Ottumwa school office and must be returned by Wednesday, January 22nd.

      All students will have the opportunity to advance to the state level competition through the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center.