“Blossoms” Wins 1st at Invention Convention!



Congratulations to CAQT Ground Breakers on their 1st place win at the YMCA’s Thingamajig Invention Convention!


The Ground Breakers summer camp at CAQT gave middle and elementary school aged students a vehicle to use their creative talents in solving the environmental challenges in their communities through science and the arts. The YMCA’s THINGAMAJIG® Invention Convention creates path ways to spark the inventive and creative minds of DC area children through hands-on exhibits and challenges; the perfect opportunity to showcase the ingenuity of our youth campers. Seven CAQT Ground Breakers participated in Thingamajig, which not only opened the doors to strategic thinking and creative expression through STEM learning, but it also combined the arts to create STEAM!

Working with Lucia Mejia, Outreach Coordinator for the YMCA and AOB staff, youth campers responded to an invention challenge and submitted the results to judges at the YMCA area wide “invention convention”. For the invention challenge “Upcycled Recycle”, students created a purse covered entirely with decorative flowers made from the pages of magazines rolled into three dimensional “blossoms.” This creative use of recycled materials earned the students (ranging in age from 9 to 13 from both Eastern and Oakview Middle Schools) First Place in their challenge area.

A VERY SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of Winners of the Thingamajig competition:
Cristela Bonilla- AOB participant
Jennifer Vigil- AOB participant
Melissa Martinez- AOB participant
Rubi Maldonado
Morelia Bonilla Ramirez
Yeimi Bonilla Ramirez
Jessica Arely