Kids have a fantastic sense of imagination and ingenuity. When they think something will be fun, they don’t allow things to stand in their way; they do it. No child is too young to be a kid inventor! When children begin experimenting with initial hand-eye control and motor movements, the inspiration may hit them to make the process easier.
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Kids are responsible for products that have made millions of dollars. From wrist warmers to microwaveable bacon dishes, kid inventors improve our lives!
1. A 15-Year-Old Invented Television!
When he first drew the diagrams for an electronic image transmitter, it was 1921. Philo T. Farnsworth is credited with bringing us television; he was only 15 then! The first successful technology demonstration was on September 7, 1927, in San Francisco.
2. George Nissen Bounces To Success
George Nissen watched trapeze artists in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1930 at the age of 16. While watching them drop from the swinging bars to the safety nets, he contemplated how fun it would be to keep bouncing. From there, George developed a “bouncing rig” that eventually became what we know as the trampoline. Talk about springing to the head of the class! Trampolines now reside in many backyards, and indoor play areas are dedicated to bouncing!
3. The Blind Can Read Thanks To A 15-Year-Old Inventor!
Louis Braille lost his vision when he was only three years old. When he was 15, he developed the system of raised dots in 1824, which bears his name and is still used today. The system uses a code of dots in patterns to represent letters and words. Braille dots can be felt by the fingertips, allowing blind people to “read” texts, find the correct elevator button, and more.
4. What Do Swim Flippers And Ben Franklin Have In Common?
The Founding Father invented the first swim flippers at the age of 11! Although not recognizable as the flimsy flippers we currently use on our feet, he created paddles for his hands. In writing about the invention, he stated they resembled painter’s palettes and assisted in propelling him through the water faster. Ben Franklin was an avid swimmer and was even inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968!
5. Christmas Lights That Didn’t Burn The House Down!
Celebrants used candles to light trees in the early days of Yule or Christmas celebrations. Unfortunately, this also caused many houses to be lit up, as in burned down. In 1917, at 15, Albert Sadacca developed strings of light bulbs. This permitted holiday celebrants to “light” their trees without “lighting” their homes on fire.
6. A 5-Year-Old Invented Toy Trucks
The first “transformer” came as a convertible truck. Robert Patch developed the prototype using bottle caps and cardboard. His truck could assume several different forms for different modes of play. He was issued a patent for the invention in 1963 when he was just six! At the time, Robert was the youngest to hold a US patent! Based on the original drawings, Robert’s truck would look similar to the one pictured below. It could be converted into three different styles.
While we have discussed several older inventions, it is essential to note that kids are still using their creativity to invent new devices. The Makin Bacon we mentioned earlier is a microwave-safe dish. The invention allows you to microwave bacon without paper towels or a greasy mess. Abbey Fleck came up with the idea in 1993 at the age of 8 and developed the product with the help of her father.
Ellen Degeneres periodically highlights kid inventors on her show; we think that is a perfect way to finish. Although some of the featured inventions are odd, their creativity is inspiring!
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