IUSD inventors to appear on ‘The Tonight Show’

Far be it from us to take sides in the Leno vs. Conan Controversy of 2010, but IUSD NewsFlash does encourage you to check out “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” this Wednesday, March 17, to see a pair of young inventors from IUSD.

Evan Kim, a fifth-grader from Santiago Hills Elementary School, and Maria Webster, a second-grader from Springbrook Elementary, will appear as guests on the long-running late night talk show to discuss inventions they created and showcased during the 23rd annual Astounding Inventions competition on Jan. 30.

Presented by Greenberg Traurig LLP and the Irvine Valley College Foundation, Astounding Inventions was established to promote student interest in math and science. The contest annually spotlights novel inventions from Irvine and Tustin students in kindergarten through the eighth grade, with the winners receiving provisional patent applications courtesy of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

This year, Evan submitted a project called, “Hair Today Gone Tomorrow,” while Maria’s invention was titled, “The Cat Police.” We expect to see demonstrations during Wednesday’s broadcast.

Also appearing with the IUSD duo will be Isabella Garcia, a fourth-grader from Tustin Unified’s Arroyo Elementary School, who submitted a project called, “The Pet Pal.” The featured guest will be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who, as far as we know, will not be bringing an invention.

“The Tonight Show” airs at 11:35 p.m. on KNBC Channel 4.

Update: To watch the “Tonight Show” segment, click here.