YMCA Celebrates Its 23rd Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention

Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Thousands of youth from the DMV packed the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro to show off their inventions and talents.  They were participating in the  YMCA’s Thingamajig® Invention Convention, which has touched the lives of over 100,000 kids living in the DC area over the past two decades. Using their imagination and ingenuity, kids ages 4 to 15 showcase their inventions, which are constructed from recyclable materials. Additionally, youth participate in hands-on activities, such as cooking challenges, film making, physical fitness competitions, LEGO robotics, recyclable fashion shows, and much more. Thingamajig is designed to promote STEM. WHUR’s Bremante Bryant talked with some of the youth inventors and Janice Williams – Senior Vice President of Youth Development for the YMCA.

Summer learning loss is a huge concern among parents and teachers, and has drastically widen the achievement gap for some students. Through hands-on learning and creativity, Thingamajig® combats summer learning loss, and promotes educational discovery. The Y’s Thingamajig® Invention Convention has been widely recognized by the White House for exposing youth to STEM programs that statistically are known to improve academic performance.

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Bremante Bryant is a journalist whose covered news and sports for over two decades. He has reported on stories as diverse as murder trials, political elections, healthcare, soldiers returning home from war, the NFL, the NBA, and NHL Stanley Cup and NCAA basketball national championships. He currently serves as a reporter and fill-in host for WHUR-FM, 96.3 in Washington, DC, and is a frequent panelist on Reporter’s Notebook, which airs on WRC-TV/NBC4 in Washington, DC.

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