CHICAGO -- It started as a grade wide event. 97 4th Graders at Portage Park Elementary were tasked with inventing something to solve an everyday problem.
23 of them moved on to the city-wide invention convention in the school’s first ever appearance. The 10-year-old students took the top three spots in the city-wide competition to move on to nationals.
In just two days, five young honor roll students are headed to Washington D.C.to compete on the national level.
None of the girls ever thought they’d ever make it to the nationals and there was a real chance that wouldn’t happen. The group needed 9,000 dollars to cover the costs of flights, hotels and food for each inventor and chaperons. A GoFundMe page was launched and exceeded in just a month.