What does earmuffs, water skis and Braille alphabet have in common?

What does earmuffs, water skis and Braille alphabet have in common?

Even though it’s hard to believe, the creators of all these three were underage when they made their discoveries. But child inventors are no rarities. Everyday we use many objects of which creators haven’t finished school yet. In some cases – even the primary school.

How child’s inventions are changing the world?
The majority of child’s inventions are practical things and are indispensable, but from a different point of view then the one we got used to normally. So, for example the earmuffs were invented by a 15 year old after a wintry day of ice skating.

Another example is a toy truck model, which can be assembled and disassembled. It was designed in 1963 by a proud six year old Robert Patch. Another – Popsicle (not many inventions made so many people happy!), which inventor was 11 years old and had some luck; he left outside a glass with favorite juice during the cold weather. The next day he discovered that his treat was frozen, but he decided to try it anyway – and that’s why he came up with the idea of frozen snacks on a stick for more convenience.

However child’s inventions are not only toys and sweets. Only few realize that the Braille alphabet was invented when his creator was just 15 years old. Also other known inventors started working over their future sources of success at a young age – it’s enough to mention Alexander Graham Bell, who was developing his telephone since the age of eighteen. A little bit more present example is a heart wrenching story of a girl, who came down with cancer at the age of eleven and couldn’t walk freely because of the drip with chemotherapy (which for a little girl was too big and heavy). She came up with the idea to pack the entire content of the drip into a comfortable backpack. It required lots of alterations and careful planning, but it worked out and Kylie Simonds (who managed to beat the sickness) already gathered 47,000 dollars for producing her project.

We also owe children less serious, but very useful inventions such as: trampoline (of which the inventor, while watching how the circus artists fell on the spread circus net, thought that it’d be so much fun if they could bounce off the safety net…), water skis or the device for frying beacon in a microwave (which brought the eight year old inventor almost million dollars…).

From the idea to success

Besides the age of the proud inventors – what do they have in common? Can we find the common point for the Braille alphabet, Popsicle and water skis? All the ideas, even though seemingly trivial, demanded noticing a problem, stubbornness in finding the solution and…unique childish curiosity that forces to look for answers to questions such as “how can I read when I’m losing my eyesight?”, “Why do the skis slide on the snow, but not on the water?” or even “can I eat a frozen water with juice?”. Adults rarely appreciate this childish creativity, which is hardly surprising – with each genius invention of the child inevitably comes hundreds of broken toys, undone watches and dirty walls. However instead of suppressing the unconsumed energy it is better to encourage the child to use it creatively.

The parents, who want to do something creative with their children, will be definitely interested in Compertus virtual robotics classes for children. It helps building and programming robots with LEGO and makes not only great fun (which little one doesn’t like LEGO?), but also an occasion for acquiring science knowledge and expands the child’s creativity. Thanks to the materials, that are made available by Compertus innovative robotics school program, the children can learn how to build and program robots or even design them themselves. Who knows – perhaps the next child’s invention will be created at your home?

 

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