6 Ways For Children to
Celebrate Inventors Month
Inventor’s Month is a great way to spark children’s curiosity and imagination. The United Inventors Association of the USA, the Academy of Applied Science and Inventors’ Digest magazine founded it in 1998. The month celebrates the people behind the many inventions we can’t live without. Inventors’ Digest says “We want to recognize those talented, brave individuals who dare to be blatantly creative, and therefore different, and whose accomplishments affect every facet of our lives.”
How Does an Inventor Design?
- Identify a problem or something that needs improving.
- Research the problem and get further ideas by talking to people who may use the final design.
- Brainstorm solutions using creative thinking and making connections.
- Devise an initial solution.
- Experiment and test invention.
- Adapt, retest and learn from mistakes to improve the design.
6 Ways For Children be an Inventor
Give the following activities a go and practice the different stages of the design process.
How to Facilitate The Design Process
- Ask open-ended questions – How could you make your life or the life of others better? What would happen if…? Why do you think this is happening? Is there anything you could do to improve the design?
- Encourage reflection and work through problems with confidence and curiosity.
- Discuss what happens once you have a completed design – How do patents work? Could you earn money from your invention?
1. Use Your Favourite Inventions as Inspiration
2. Be a Kid Inventor
- PBS Learning: Kid Inventor: The Collapsible Lacrosse Stick
- Kids Invent Stuff: The YouTube channel where kids get their inventions made
3. Junk Modelling
- Creative Free Play: Kids; Creative Opportunists!
- Education: Recycled Crafts
- My Kids Adventures: Trash to Toy: 6 Creative Projects to Make With Recyclables
- Squidgy Doodle: 6 Benefits of Junk Modelling: Surely it’s Just Rubbish?
4. Invent a Your Own Game
5. Inventing Online
- Code: A non-profit organisation providing a free curriculum for children to learn to code. Comes with instructions and teacher notes.
- Code Avengers: Online courses to teach programming, problem-solving, computer, and maths skills
- Crunchzilla: A fun introduction to programming concepts with interactive tutorials
- Daisy the Dinosaur App: Learn the basics of coding. Free app with a drag and drop interface
- Hopscotch App: Learn to code and make your own games
- Khan Academy: Computer programming activities
- Kodable App: Coding curriculum for elementary students (Ages 4-11)
- Scratch: Create stories, games, and animations. Created by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab
6. Read About Inventive Characters
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
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