Wallingford student advances to National Invention Convention

WALLINGFORD, CT – A Wallingford Elementary School student recently won the Connecticut Invention Convention and was invited to the US National Invention Convention.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Ava Grace, a fourth-grade student at Mary G. Fritz Elementary School, get to the national convention.

Ava’s invention is called the Lap Cap, which protects swimmers from head injuries when swimming on their back. She participated in the citywide invention convention and qualified for the state finals last month.

State judges were impressed with her achievement and she was selected for the National Invention Convention, according to the GoFundMe page.

Ava is a swimmer who has seen the problem of head injuries firsthand, according to the GoFundMe.

“She designed and built the Lap Cap to help protect against head injuries,” the GoFundMe page reads. “Ava Grace created several prototypes before finding one that worked. Attending the National Invention Convention is a great honor and great opportunity for Ava Grace.”

The fundraiser aims to cover registration fees, airfare and hotel accommodations for Ava and her family.

For more information or to donate, visit the GoFundMe page here.

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