Young innovators in the spotlight

By Alicia Nieves

June 7, 2014 Updated Jun 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Nearly 200 students in the Southern Tier, from grades kindergarten through eighth, were invited to Binghamton University for an "Invention Convention."

Students shared different ideas in all stages. Some were in the concept phase, like one student's anti-bullying remote, where a student can hit a button on a walkie-talkie if they feel like they're being bullied.

Organizers said it's a way to stimulate creativity and innovation not only for the young inventors, but for the whole family.

"Parents get involved, it's a family affair. I think sometimes the parents are as excited or more excited than some of the inventors," said Mark Pearson with Binghamton Imaginink.

Judges chose the best 55 concepts and prototypes. Medals were given out to all of the winners.

Hosted by Binghamton Imagineink, it was the 29th annual Invention Convention.

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