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Downtown library to host Invention Convention Sunday

The downtown branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will be open special hours Sunday for the Western New York Invention Convention.

The event, set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a showcase for critical thinking by area students from kindergarten through eighth grade that features fun scientific solutions to everyday problems.

Nearly 140 students from 17 schools across the region will be participating in this year’s event. Past solutions created by the students have included ice cream cone holders for bicycles, glow collars for pets, voice-activated TV controls, and multi-purpose safety helmets.

The program was created to promote creative thinking and encourage scientific problem-solving among local students. By applying critical thinking to everyday problems, it is hoped that students will find renewed interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM education.