Inspiring Inventions by Children

By on 27/07/2014

kid-inventorKids can be extremely creative and inventive and some of them see their small ideas develop into inspiring inventions by children which then in turn develop into astounding business opportunities. Here we have a list of some children brains that turned their ideas into commercial achievements, businesses and long term careers.

Cancer Screening Test: The curious juvenile mind of Jack Andraka decided that starting small wasn’t an option and he invented something that could diagnose how serious cancer and other fatal diseases are. He created a paper test strip, which when dipped into a carbon nanotube solution changes in conductivity to detect viruses and antigens. The test is frequently used to diagnose pancreatic cancer. Since the invention is fairly recent, it is slowly being incorporated into the medical science realm. Andraka also won $75,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his invention.

The Popsicle: In 1905, 11-year old Frank Epperson combined soda water powder and water in a glass, stirred it with a stick and left his beverage outside on the porch. When he got back to it, the chilly temperature had transformed the concoction into a frozen delight on a stick. Thus, by accident the popsicle was born. In 1922, Epperson remembered his childhood invention and served his frozen treats at a Fireman’s Ball. Judging by the way the public reacted, he knew he had something big in his hands. He patented the ‘frozen confectionery’ and in 1924, started producing it in various different flavors on wooden sticks.

Making Bacon: Abbey Fleck was only 8-years old when she and her dad finished cooking bacon only to discover there weren’t any paper towels to soak up the fat. This is when Fleck had improvised an idea, why not hang the bacon up while it cooks as this will make the bacon healthier as well as save on paper towels. In 1983, Fleck and her dad spent some time experimenting and invested in a microwave safe dish with upright bars to hang the bacon on while it cooked. The idea was patented and a deal was stuck with Wal-Mart.

Ear Muffs: At the age of 15, Chester Greenwood from Farmington, Maine was frustrated with the harsh weather and his cold ears while ice skating. To combat the problem, he decided to wrap a scarf around his head to shield his ears. Thanks to the inconvenience, he shaped two loops from wire and asked his grandmother to sew fur onto the structure. This is how the earmuffs were born. Later a patent was granted for an improved model that incorporated a steel band.

Trampoline: The trampoline was invented by a 16-year old gymnast named George Nissen. A visit to the local circus where he saw trapeze artists using safety netting to perform feats flashed the idea of a trampoline, which would be beneficial for gymnasts. Nissen began working in his house garage to develop the bouncing apparatus he had in mind. The first prototype was tested at a summer camp where everyone loved it and this was just the beginning of this amazing product.

Water Talkie: In 1996, at the age of 11, Richie Stachowski went on a trip to Hawaii with his parents. While surfing, he realized there are so many beautiful things to see and wished he could talk underwater. Stachowski studied underwater acoustics and tried prototypes in the family swimming pool. Finally, he came up with the water talkie, which is a conical device with a blow valve and plastic membrane that enables underwater swimmers to talk underwater from as far as 15-feet.

Crayon Holders: Cassidy Goldstein, at the age of 11, encountered a problem that many kids had for generations and that is their crayons were broken and the pieces were too tiny to hold onto. She found a plastic tube designed to keep roses fresh during shipping and inserted a crayon piece into the tube and this created her first prototype. In 2002, she filed a patent for her product and struck a deal with Rand International that ensured her five per cent of royalties per sale.

We hope by reading this post you will be inspired enough to leave your imagination and ingenuity a run. Tell us in the comments section below which kid has impressed you the most.

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