Cobb Students Stand Out at National Invention Convention, Cheatham Hill Elementary Teacher Wins Henry Ford’s Innovator Award

The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment recently announced the winners for The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards, which includes a Cobb County School District teacher. Nancy ErnstesCheatham Hill Elementary School Target teacher, is a first-place winner of the Innovator Award. She is the only winner from Georgia. 

In conjunction with the Emmy-winning television show The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation on CBS as part of the “CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!” Saturday morning block, the awards recognize the educators who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking among their students. Ernstes and the other winning educators were praised for inspiring their students to challenge the rules and take risks, demonstrating how to be collaborative and empathetic, and teaching the value of learning from failure and staying curious.

The winning teachers also demonstrated the habits of an innovator. Hosted by Mo Rocca, CBS’ “Sunday Morning” correspondent and produced by Litton Entertainment, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is an award-winning half-hour program that tells the fascinating stories behind the historic innovators of the past and the forward-looking visionaries of today, showcasing the extraordinary talents and dedication required to bring their inventions life. 

First place winners, like Ernstes, will receive an innovation teaching kit that includes The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation DVD set, merchandise from The Henry Ford, and more.  

Cobb Students Win Big!

Ernstes’s team of Cheatham Hill fifth-graders recently competed in the National Invention Convention at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan. East Side Elementary School, Harrison High School, and Walton High School also represented the Cobb County School District at the national event.

Cheatham Hill students won second place for the fifth grade level and also won the President’s Choice Award, which goes to one team from K-12 and is selected by the president of the Henry Ford Museum.

Harrison 10th grader Noah Martin won first place for his grade and the specialty award for Home and Safety with his project, Deployable Ballistic-Resistance Shield. Team Quic Cric from Walton High School won second place for 11th grade. The Walton team also won the Patent Application Award, which will help the team go through the patent process for their project.