A Danbury kindergartener finished in 2nd place for his age at the 2017 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington, D.C. last weekend. King Street student Nico LaRosa invented the “The No-Pecker Egg Collector" because his family chickens peck aggressively.
The sleeve leaves just the hand free to pick up eggs and was developed for the district's invention convention, which is part of the science curriculum.
Nico was one of 10 students in an after school program designed to help students with their inventions. He was the only student from the school to go to the regionals. More than 300 students from 16 states competed at the invitation-only event held at the headquarters of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Connecticut was the largest delegation with 91 students.
UCONN is providing funding to patent Nico's invention.