Coeur d’Alene 5th grader wins national award for invention

Julia Schwam

DEARBORN, Michigan – A Coeur d’Alene fifth-grader was recently honored for her ingenuity at a national invention convention. 

Julia Schwam won the Best Logbook Award at the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals for her “Safe S’mores Shield.”

It’s a lightweight, portable and collapsible heat reflective shield that includes a telescoping stick to protect the user from heat, fire and sparks. It’s not only great for s’mores, but also for roasting hot dogs, smokies and other campfire goodies. 

Schwam was among more than 68 award-winning K-12 inventors. Winners received pro bono patent awards from a variety of law firms, gift cards and even scholarships.