Madeline, 10, left, and her mother Hanne Zhang, of Irvine, get an opportunity to look at the sun with specialized equipment brought to the Astounding Inventions fair Saturday afternoon at Irvine Valley College (Oliver Yu)
Over 400 young inventors from kindergarten through eighth grade descended on the campus of Irvine Valley College last Saturday for the 24th Annual Astounding Inventions competition.
The crowd enjoyed various displays and demonstrations, while competitors vied for $9,000 in prizes.
The event was sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP and the IVC Foundation.
All photos by Oliver Yu/Lariat
Pierre Schantz, 9, left, and his father Mel, learn about indestructible nylon material used to craft airplane parts during the Irvine Valley College Astounding Inventions fair. (Oliver Yu)
Students learn the magic of science when guest scientist show how to use iodine to check if water is drinkable Saturday afternoon at Irvine Valley College. (Oliver Yu)
Astounding Inventions participants work together on a project during the fair behind the Irvine Valley College cafeteria Saturday afternoon before the awards ceremony. (Oliver Yu)
Mad Scientist Show during the Astounding Inventions fair at Irvine Valley college Saturday, show children how they make elephant toothpaste. (Oliver Yu)