DLAMMS Student Heads to Invention Convention

Invention Runs in the Family for Convention-Bound Sixth Grader
Bella Hill, student Inventor

Sixth grader Isabella “Bella” Hill has always had a mind for innovation and creativity. Now, one of her ideas is poised to bring her all the way to the National Invention Convention.

Bella will represent LEARN’s Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School at the convention, to be held at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. from May 31 to June 2. She’ll travel with her mom and will present the “Port-a-Pamp” for a possible patent.

“I wanted to help create a solution for moms and dads throughout the world,” Bella said.

Bella has a 2-year-old brother and 1-year-old sister, so she knows how difficult it can be for parents to find a clean and convenient place to change a child’s diaper. The Port-a-Pamp can be worn like a bag, then gets unfolded and hung from a doorway. The table is safely suspended by elastics and a mat for changing the baby.

She entered the device to the schoolwide invention convention and received rave reviews before statewide competition with thousands of other students. A field that started with about 17,000 students was narrowed to a few hundred, with Bella selected to go on to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo.

Bella will present her invention to judges at the convention. The best design will receive a patent. Bella said she is not worried about the presentation, since she is confident with her design and her pitch, but is a little nervous about taking her first flight.

“I’m very excited to be representing Dual Language & Arts,” Bella said.

Her school is supporting her by helping raise funds for her trip. She is the first Dual Language student to make it to the national competition and she has made her classmates and teachers very proud.

“Bella has become an inspiration to her peers, more than she realizes,” said Britney Lisee, Bella’s science teacher. “Children her age saw an idea that came into fruition, a project that defeated its challenges, and a reward that proved ‘I did it.’ I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next.”

Lisee said Bella’s invention stuck out for the judges because it tackled a challenge and presented a solution. True to the creative process, Bella was still changing the project on the day that it was due.

As one of six kids in her family, Bella has always enjoyed doing crafts with her mom and siblings. She’s not the only inventor in the family – her sister, Ariana, received statewide acclaim for creating the “Vend-a-Trac,” a solar powered vending machine that sells healthy snacks and has a built-in recycling area. Bella said she and Ariana have a healthy competition with each other and love creating and crafting things together.

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