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Science, commerce, intersect at Centralia Intermediate School

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 6:51 am

Thursday night, January 31, almost 100 students at Centralia Intermediate School swam with sharks, in a matter of speaking.

This year, 5th Grade teamed up with the Centralia Historical Society to give out an AB Chance Inventor/Innovator Award.

Ian Arellano and Luke Hayden discussing their product with one of the spectators

Ian Arellano and Luke Hayden discussing their product with one of the spectators

“We expanded our Shark Tank unit to require each group/individual to create a prototype of their design,” said CIS fifth-grade science teacher Marcia Kalinowski.

The result was 5th Grade Science Night. held January 31 from 6:30 7:30 p.m. in the CIS gymnasium. Each group presented their product to the judges, parents, and community members that attended.

She said 95 students participated.

“We have 95 students in 5th Grade and there were 43 products on display and there were over 200 people in attendance,” Kalwinowski said.

Some of the products were: the InstaStrap – a way to carry instruments easier; the Knot Genie – a brush that has de-tangler in it; The Got-To-Go Robot – a robot to hold your place in line; Handy Hanger – an easier way to hang up clothes; The Springers – shoes with springs in the bottom; Quick Comforter – an easier way to make your bed; The Dream Sleeve – a sleeve that communicates with your coach; and Sock-o-Shoes- socks and shoes in one.

CIS Principal Jason Lea estimated at least 200 spectators attended the event.

One of those was school board member and local businessman/innovator Harvey Million.

“I saw at least 50 prototype inventions that I really enjoyed,” Million, co-owner of Spirit Machinery. “The students had to not only come up with the devices, business models and investment profiles. They had to explain how they would price their items and market them. People were interested, the gym was full.”


Eight groups advanced to the finals and presented their product to community members selected to be the “Sharks.” This presentation took place Thursday, February 7, in the CIS Library. For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard