Helpful guide to turn your invention idea into a marketable invention
Here are some additional website that can help you and your children start inventing:
By Kids For Kids: www.bkfk.com
By Kids for Kids' website gives children information about the process of inventing, examples of other inventors (kids and adults), and tools to help children explore their invention ideas. Children are invited to join the online Kids Club where they have access to hundreds of articles and other valuable resources. Parents, teachers, and mentors can also register with the website to help children in creating their own inventions.
Build it for Yourself: www.build-it-yourself.com
Build it for Yourself inspires children to use their creativity to build various projects. These projects include robots, puppets, and dream houses. Parents, teachers, and students collaborate in the construction of these projects. Through this collaborative process, children learn valuable lessons in problem solving, team work, and how to apply technology in “real- world” situations.
Invention Dimension: web.mit.edu/invent/invent-main.html
Invention Dimension is a fun-filled and at times wacky approach to making learning about invention exciting for the kid in all of us. Have some fun with invention games and explore the wealth of inventor and invention resources, including inventor profiles and patent guidelines.
Invent Now: www.invent.org/index.asp
Invent Now brings to the world a wide range of programs, places, content and other experiences. Everything offered celebrates and fosters the spirit and practice of invention.
United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (for kids): www.uspto.gov/go/kids
Kids who want to be inventors or just want to know more about inventors and intellectual property can find lots of interesting information here and some great games!
About Inventors: inventors.about.com
This website is an excellent source that includes many aspects of invention. It provides an insight into recent inventors, inventions of the year, and inventors who are kids. There are also resources and articles pertaining to inventors and links to other sites to continue learning about inventions.
Inventor Ed: www.inventored.org/k-12
Aimed directly at kids, InventorEd provides several topics on inventing from the History of Inventing to Inventing Safely. Other links lead to school invention sites and links contributed by educators.
Academy of Applied Science: www.aas-world.org
The Academy is recognized nationally as an educational resource center offering enrichment programs for students, and professional development for teachers and educational administrators.
Partnership for America’s Future, Inc: nmoe.org/competitions.htm
An eagerness to continue learning, without a teacher’s prodding, has characterized those students who have participated in the Partnership’s programs. In this way, students have become convinced that education is valuable; and when students believe that education is valuable, then they will value their education.
Celebrating the Achievements of Children: www.amazingkids.com
Amazing Kids! is dedicated to inspiring excellence in children. They base this mission on the belief that every child has the potential to be “amazing” in her or his own way. They believe it is through the realization of this potential that children will be able to live more productive and satisfying lives.
Big Learning: www.biglearning.com
This site exists to contribute resources for big learners and promote big learning as a valid way for kids to learn. So explore the treasure troves, check out the links, sign up for the newsletter, and go have fun learning something!
The Kids Hall of Fame: www.thekidshalloffame.com
Spotlight on the famous and the soon-to-be famous kids throughout the world by age level (up to age 19). View the archive of their accomplishments. These children are positive peer role models for all kids.
ExploraVision Awards: www.exploravision.org
ExploraVision is a competition for students of all interest, skill, and ability levels in grades K-12. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science to create and explore a vision of a future technology.
Here are some books that can help you and your children start inventing:
Electric Mischief: Battery-Powered Gadgets Kids Can Build by Alan Bartholomew
Ever had an itch you can’t scratch or had to eat your dinner during a blackout? Now you can tackle these pesky problems with your own electric backscratcher or illuminated fork! With lots of ideas that build on the basics, this book will make you a gizmo wiz.
Put a Fan in Your Hat! Inventions, Contraptions, & Gadgets Kids Can Build by Robert Carrow
Besides providing 12 ultra-neat projects such as a battery-operated, air-conditioned hat to keep them cool in the summer, this book encourages children to invent their own contraptions.
Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors by Susan Casey
You'll meet inspiring kids just like you who designed their own award-winning inventions. Discover how exciting it can be to rethink the world around you, solve problems, and surprise and delight others with the results. Anything's possible with Kids Inventing!
The Kids’ Invention Book by Arlene Erlbach
The stories of twelve kid inventors. Erlbach uses the success of 15-year-old Chester Greenwood, who invented earmuffs in 1873, as the takeoff point for introducing more than a dozen contemporary children who have created their own inventions. Each double-page spread profiles one child and his or her invention, some of which have won national recognition in inventors’ contests.
Mistakes that Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be by Charlotte Foltz Jones
Presents the stories behind forty things that were invented or named by accident, including aspirin, X-rays, frisbees, silly putty, and velcro.
Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor by Marlene Targ Brill, Joanne Friar
Knight was interested in how things worked and in building and inventing. This picture book tells the story of how she came up with the idea to make a safer loom at age 12.
Popular Mechanics for Kids: Make Amazing Toy and Game Gadgets by Amy Pinchuk
Children learn how to build five toys and games by using inexpensive, easy to find tools. Provides easy-to-follow instructions for creating a light box, blinking jewelry, spy camera, and other electric gadgets. With the depth and accuracy you expect from Popular Mechanics for Kids, this lively activity book is any budding engineer's delight!
So You Want to Be An Inventor? by Judith St. George, David Small
Are you a kid who likes to tinker with machines that clink and clank, levers that pull, bells that ring, cogs that grind, switches that turn on and off, wires that vibrate, dials that spin? You maybe inspired by what other inventors have accomplished.
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers.
Brainstorm!: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors by Tom Tucker
Tom Tucker reveals some of the amazing inventions of the past and present that have come from young Americans, ages eight to 19. The achievements of some of the kid inventors gathered here were prominent once but have become obscure over time; others are relatively unknown.
The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories About Inventions by Don L. Wulffson
Brief factual stories about how various familiar things were invented, many by accident, from animal crackers to the zipper.