Great Kid Inventions

June 22, 2017

Great Kid Inventions

Bishop Curry and the Oasis

10 Great Inventions from Children

Kids are out to make the world a better place!

After a recent story where 5th grader Bishop Curry invented a device called The Oasis to help prevent death from children left in overheating cars. He inspired ChunkaBuns was inspired to find more children inventors! 

Kids are amazing critical thinkers, and are often uninhibited by the thoughts plagued by most adults: there is not "can't" in their vocabulary. 

We were surprised to find that Popsicle, bacon cooking and braille were all invented by kids! Kids are out to make the world a better place! Read on to discover some of these amazing kid inventions

Braille

Louis Braille - Age 15 

Fascinating facts about the invention of Braille by Louis Braille in 1824.

Louis Braille lost his eyesight at age three from a horrible infection. After going to a school for the blind in France, he got tired of listening and wanted to read for himself. By age 15, he had perfected a tactile writing system consisting of a system of cells in different patterns from six raised dots. Today, in virtually every language throughout the world, Braille is the standard form of reading and writing used by the blind. 

Snowmobile

Joseph Bombardier - Age 15

Quebec born, inventor and dabbler in mechanics, Joseph Bombardier converted the family's Model-T Ford into the world's first snowmobile by adding skis to the frame. His Papa was not impressed, and had the boy convert it back and sent him to seminary school. After a few years, Joe left the school to follow his dream. He started his own garage by age 19 and use the profit to fund his snowmobile manufacturing, which he was able to launch in his lifetime, but the success of his invention really came posthumously, with some of the highest sales and honors in 2000, with induction into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame. 

Earmuffs

Chester Greenwood - Age 15

The Ear Muff Invention

Chester was a kid who wanted to play outside, but the stinging of his ears kept him from ice skating as much (and as long as) he wanted. After testing out a few prototypes, he met large neighborhood success with a beaver fur style poof-ball attached to a wire. Three years later in 1877, he patented the "ear-mufflers". By 1883, his Farmington factory produced 30,000 earmuffs a year, climbing to 400,000 by his death in 1937. 

TV

Philo Farnsworth - Age 14

The inventor of the television

Fourteen-year-old Farm Boy, and future electronics prodigy Philo Farnsworth, came up with the idea of the television when he was just a small field plow. Plowing the rows gave him the idea to project a recorded image by scanning electrons back-and-forth across a glass screen. When he consulted his high school chemistry teacher about the idea, it was so complex he had to draw a diagram on the blackboard, which the teacher promptly copied down to study later. Encouraged by his teacher, Farnsworth pursued his concept and, in 1927, at the age of 21, he developed and patented the world's first working fully-electronic television. Unfortunately, the boy never received much money for his invention due to a patent glitch, a world war and then patent expiration. Bad luck, but a great idea! 


TV

Margaret Knight - Age 12

The most famous woman inventor of the 19th century, Margaret Knight invented a life saving safety Shuttle device after witnessing a death of a boy her own age at the factory she worked at. The design was so effective, soon virtually every new power loom carried her invention, saving countless workers from injury or death. Being so young, she didn’t bother to patent the device, so she never received royalties. She went on to make many other inventions, but this time with patents, giving Margaret the financial power to continue changing the world with 90 more inventions during her lifetime. 





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