SOUTH EUCLID, OH (WOIO) - There's a saying that creativity is the most important human resource. There's plenty of it in one local school where young inventors are coming up with products you might own some day. We found this week's Romona's Kids in South Euclid.
Greenview Elementary hosted an Invention Convention, where fourth, fifth and sixth graders had to come up with a real world problem they wanted to solve.
"I invented the 'Bottom Buddy' and it's a water-powered heated toilet seat," said fourth grader Erin Butler. "The problem is on cold winter days, the toilet seat is freezing."
The idea is to teach kids that problems aren't solved in one trial, so they keep a written notebook of all the versions they've tried.
"So when you go around and see their inventions, you'll see that this is their second or third or fourth attempt of improving something," explained teacher Gina Arnold. "It's really fostering the students' creativity and giving them confidence in themselves."
Bryce Hodge came up with his invention because his mother needed a phone charger at work and no one had her brand.
"The 'Pocket Socket' is the first portable outlet that is solar powered," said Hodge, who loves science. "Science is awesome because you get to touch everything and I'm a hands-on learner."
Alexa Walters thought of a vibrating bookbag because carrying all of her heavy books makes her back hurt.
"You press the button and it massages your upper back. And 100% percent of the people who tried it liked it and would like to buy it," said Walters.
"My invention's called the 'Sleep-N-Beep' and it has an in-bed alarm that doesn't stop until you get out of the bed," said fourth grader Vincent Crenshaw. "I have trouble getting up in the morning and I'm sometimes late for school."
There's also a no-wheels wheelchair that runs on magnetic levitation.
"It can go over a lot rougher surfaces because you don't have to worry about the wheels getting punctured," said sixth grader Michael Butler. "There are electromagnets on the bottom that repel the earth's magnetic field and it just needs little fans to move it along."
Fifth grader Stuart Franklin invented a toaster that puts peanut butter and jelly inside two slices of bread.
"I came up with it because it saves lots of time," said Franklin.
There's even a trash can table.
"You just flip up the lid and put your trash into the bin and it makes recycling and trash easier to manage," said fourth grader Jack Fromet.
Fifth grader Kennedy Hammer invented the "Brush-N-Go," which combines toothbrush and toothpaste in one product because she recently got braces. Her orthodontist told her to brush her teeth after lunch every day, but she often forgot her brush or toothpaste at home.
"All you do is squeeze the whole toothbrush and the toothpaste shoots in through the tinier tube inside and it piles up inside the bristles and then you can just brush like you normally would. And when you're done you can throw it away because it's recyclable," said Hammer.