Students Meet Plumbing Gadget Pioneer

Inventor Tom Reminga demonstrates his 'Flush Down' toilet

Students at Innovation High sat in on an unusual show & tell this week, where the main attraction was a toilet. That’s right, a commode in theclassroom. And it was all in the name of showing students how one great idea can shape a livelihood.

The sophomore advisory class was visited by Tom Reminga, local inventor of the “Flush Down” automatic toilet lid closer. Reminga retraced his path to becoming an inventor and demonstrated his current invention, which has been selected as a finalist in a national competition.

At project-based Kent Innovation High, students are often asked to redesign a product or invent a solution to a problem, explained Civics and Economics Facilitator Jeff Bush. “So Tom’s visit will help in two areas: inform students on how to build a career as well as offer an example of inventiveness and creativity.”

The sophomore advisory class has focused on career and college readiness throughout the year by hosting professionals from various careers. Students have heard from professionals — including police officers, artists, pilots, nature preservationists, health care workers, loan officers, and others — about the essential skills for success, opportunities for different types of careers, and specific training necessary to pursue these careers.

Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

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