Tennessee district holds contest for young inventors

More than 400 K-8 students in Nashville, Tenn., recently submitted entries in a districtwide "invention convention," held every four years. Educators say the contest helps students build critical-thinking skills and utilize trial-and-error techniques to turn ideas into inventions. "When you look at what they have accomplished, it's kind of remarkable what's going on in their brain," one teacher said.

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