East Side Elementary educator Eyvonne Crosslin tries out the latest One-Handed Seat Belt, created by some of the schools invention club members. Juan Martinez, Jerson Godinez and Erick Maker said they wanted to invent something that would assist the educator, who has use of only one arm.
Three East Side fifth graders have been in the spotlight recently, due to their invention the One-Handed Seatbelt inspired by a school employee they admire.
The recent news at the elementary school was how inventors Juan Martinez, Jerson Godinez, and Eric Maker were interviewed by Aaron Wartner of Invention Convention Worldwide, a part of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Their interview is on the Kids Inventor Spotlight, on the YouTube channel and the Intervention Convention Worldwide social media pages.
The trios invention, known as the One-Handed Seat Belt, was inspired by one of East Sides own, Eyvonne Crosslin. Having use of only one arm, they wanted to create an invention that would assist the education assistant.
East Side inventors Juan Martinez, Jerson Godinez, and Eric Maker were recently interviewed by Aaron Wartner of Invention Convention Worldwide, a part of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., for their One-Handed Seat Belt invention.
The invention features a seat belt buckle that attaches to a dashboard with Velcro, said Juan, which in turn allows the driver to attach the seat belt to the buckle on the dash, then easily re-grasp the seatbelt to safely buckle up. Jerson and Eric said theyre really proud of how this will help those with limited mobility; they were excited that one of their teachers will benefit.
During the interview, the students also described their experiences as active members of the East Side Invention Club. During their half-hour interview, Juan, Jerson and Eric shared their experiences of working together and about the different prototypes that failed before landing on their final design.
They were excited to be asked to participate as a representative from the Tennessee Invention Convention, said East Side educator Lorie Richardson. The One-Handed Seatbelt was also awarded the group champion award for 4th grade last spring at the Invention Convention at Middle Tennessee State University.
The Henry Ford Museums mission is to provide unique educational experiences-those based on authentic objects, stories, and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. As well, the museum states that it strives to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future.
As for these three East Side Elementary inventors, theyre not sure what what the future holds for them career-wise, but they dont mind saying this has been an interesting adventure.