Carrie Lee students showing their inventions at the recent regional competition are (front, left to right) Serena Sweet and Morgan Moen; (back, left to right) Rachel Mikkelson, Cole Huebner, Grace Neal and Ethan Stravers. (Submitted photo)
Carrie Lee students showing their inventions at the recent regional competition are (front, left to right) Serena Sweet and Morgan Moen; (back, left to right) Rachel Mikkelson, Cole Huebner, Grace Neal and Ethan Stravers. (Submitted photo)
Six area students will advance to the state Invention Convention in February.

Does your water bottle condensation leave wet rings on your table?

That was a problem for St. Benedict School's Mary Moore and Sydney Hageman, so they invented the Bottle Hankie.

Trouble keeping a cold-pack on your leg? North Winneshiek's Amelia Dugger figured out a solution for that - her Frio Pal cold-pack monkey.

These were two of the 14 outstanding inventions shown at the recent regional Invent Iowa competition featuring third and fourth grade students of Carrie Lee, St. Benedict and North Winneshiek schools.

Six exemplary inventions, including the Bottle Hankie and Frio Pal, were chosen to compete in the first round of the statewide competition. Other state-bound inventions include North Winn student Mairi Sessions' Non-Gross Compost Bucket, Decorah student Ethan Stravers' Pumper 2000, St. Benedict students Julia Phillips and Alex Kane's Light-up Hat and Jaden Weis and Hailey Bower's Hands-off Towel.

Invent Iowa is sponsored by The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa. Following two rounds of evaluation in the state competition, finalists compete for Honorable Mention Awards and State Merit Awards, including scholarships to the Colleges of Engineering at Iowa and Iowa State universities.

The regional competition is sponsored by the gifted/talented programs at the three participating schools.