‘creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, having fun.’
Mary Lou Cook
An invention as a new thing that improves the way something is done or makes a whole new way of doing something.Inventing is turning an idea into a reality.
And they start in people’s minds and imaginations, the imaginations of kids like you! Don’t believe me? Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs and trampoline were all invented by kids?
Watch this video to see how kids’ ideas and drawings have turned into real things!
Inventions can be as simple as a crayon-holder or as complicated as a cure for an illness but all of them bring something new into the world.
And they start with people asking questions. Questions like –
How might something work better?
Cassidy Goldstein was 11 when she invented a plastic tube case that allowed you to still use your crayons even when they were broken. Cassidy was named Youth Inventor of the year in 2006 and the money her invention earned paid for her college education!
How might life be easier for someone I love?
Lily Born was just 11 years old when she saw how difficult it was for her grandpa, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, to drink from a cup without spilling. She came up with the idea for a cup that was super-stablem unbreakable and unspillable – the kangaroo cup, a cup with legs!
Watch Lily’s story here
How might we help fight disease?
At just 17, science student, Angela Zhang invented a nano-particle that helps deliver cancer-fighting medicine directly to the sick cells without hurting the healthy cells around it. Angela spent over 1,000 hours researching her work and while it could take years to convert the particle to a useable medicine it is a giant step forward in cancer treatment research. Two of Angela’s grandparents had died from cancer and this inspired her research.
Inventions can be large or small – just think about Cassidy’s crayon holder!
So get your imagination firing! What ideas might you turn into an invention? Tell us!