“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” Thomas A. Edison So true! We recently discovered that when helping my son and his partner build their invention for this years science fair.  A handle from a shovel, wheels from a scooter, hooks from my ironing board holder and lot’s of duck tape!  Viola … the Bag n Roll (more later).

Do you remember the old “science fair”?  Well they are still around and in fact are flourishing!  The First Canada-Wide Science Fair was held May 11 and 12, 1962 at the Science Building at Carleton University in Ottawa.  The initial Headquarters for the Canadian Science Fairs Council was 45 Rideau Street, Ottawa.  Coincidentally, this years Regional Science Fair is at Carleton University and I actually work at 45 Rideau St.??? I don’t think I even tried to enter the science fair when I was in school, so today was my first visit to the real thing … and it was really amazing!

There were over 200 projects to see and a great assortment of enthusiastic young minds from grade 7 to 12. You might be asking … Ok … so why would this interest a boomer?  Well, many boomers have high school kids (yes, it’s true!) and even if your kids are grown up, you may still have fond memories of staying up all night to finish their school projects for the science fair.   But mostly, visiting a science fair is so darn inspiring! These kids have some really great inventions, experiments and creations and they just love to talk about their ideas.  It was so refreshing, in this world full of pessimism, bad news and doom and gloom.  These young minds have yet to be ruined by “the everyday” and still believe that anything is possible … and it is!

Last years National Science Fair Winner was from Ottawa, many of you may already know his name and story, but if not check out this clip on Daniel McInnes …. really amazing young man! If you need some inspiration, check out the Ottawa Regional Science Fair which is open to the public from 9 am to 11:30 am tomorrow … hope to see you there! “I think the two greatest inventions in the history of mankind are the remote control and the fingernail clipper. Now, if someone could just combine those two, I’d be very eager to clip my nails from across the room.”  Jarod Kintz More inventions and innovations to inspire your mind http://www.moreinspiration.com/  More quotes by Thomas A. Edison