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Shoes help mark Thomas Edison Day
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Brittney Madge shows off her project for the recent Thomas Edison Day at Waldo Pafford Elementary. - photo by Photo provided.

Waldo Pafford Elementary students recently celebrated Thomas Edison Day with old shoes.

It is a celebration and presentation for the 3rd grade gifted students to show case their inventions.

“It’s sort of like the science fair,” art teacher Carol Hough said. “Each student must make, present and defend their inventions.”
Several second grade classes got to view the projects.

She said the day is a unit taught in the Debra Crowley's GATE curriculum. And this year, the day focused on Reinventing the Shoe.

“This project was created in the advanced art co lab class where I develop projects to align with the GATE curriculums,” Hough said. “The students had to develop a unique invention using a shoe or boot as the major part.”

All the work was done at school.

“Students had to envision the product, make a blue print complete with written descriptions and directions, and then create their inventions. They found out that often an inventor must change or adapt an invention due to materials available to them,” Hough said.

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