EDWARDSBURG- -- Two young inventors at the Edwardsburg Middle School have big dreams to patent what they designed for the school's Academic Showcase this week.
Eighth-grade science teacher Rob Wright said each teacher graded the students' work, and couple of students invented things which "really stood out."
The inventors are Adam Duke, 13, eighth grade, who invented a portable foot rest called the Foot-O-Matic, and Christian Eggleston, 14, also of the eighth grade, who designed a backpack with a portable table.
Adam said he built the portable footrest because he likes to put his feet up while sitting at home. He said his dad helped him with the power tools to put it together using two boards, PVC pipes and a cloth pad.
It only took a day to build it and one day for the paint to dry, Adam said. He put all the screws in it by himself and painted it. "This is my first invention, and I plan to patent it," he said.
Christian said he, too, will be checking it out how to patent his idea to add a fold-down table to his backpack.
He built a table with hinges on it that he attached to his backpack that folds down in front. He cut the Plexiglas in the shape of his backpack and hinged it to a top piece that he put in for strength.
It is strong enough to hold a small laptop, books and to eat from it. He uses it to get homework done on the bus but got the idea from his band class because he needed something to write on for his notes. He said students are not allowed to write on the music stands so he thought the table would be a good idea. He said it took two days to construct it. "I'm going to patent it and will look online how to do it," he said.
Two other eighth-grade students displayed how they made African animals out of recycled paper, water and other media called Celluclay. Art teacher Julie King said the exhibits at the art fair are the "cream of the crop of art students. They do high school and college work."