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Young inventor’s Ability App gains traction

Alexander Knoll, a Post Falls fifth-grader, came up with the idea for Ability App to help people with disabilities research accessibility and related services. He will present his invention at the global Web Summit in Ireland next month.

Coeur d’Alene third-grader’s Seedboard invention wins national competition

Lash Laker gathered up some materials from around his Coeur d’Alene home – cardboard, coffee grounds, wood ash and eggshells – and made a horticultural product he calls Seedboard. The idea is to nurture seedlings in the ground, locking in moisture, supplying nutrients and fortifying against insects.

Child inventors gather to display problem-solving skills, creativity

Carlie and Camellia Merrill spent too much time taking care of their chickens, as far as they were concerned. So when tasked with creating an invention for a contest in the Coeur d’Alene School District, the sisters, 7 and 8, respectively, decided to come up with a more efficient way of giving their thirteen or so chickens fresh water – a way that would benefit both them and their feathered friends.