Some Great Inventions Made by Kids ~ Kwentology


What Are Some Inventions by Kids?

Inventors are a curious bunch, and many started tinkering and experimenting when they were kids. Here's a look at four inventions still use today. What do they have in common? All were brought up by young inventors!

The Young Inventors


WHO: Margaret Knight, age 12
WHAT: Stop-motion safety device
WHEN: 1850
WHERE: New Hampshire
Image of Stop Motion Safety Device by M.E. Knight
Margaret Knight's brothers worked in a cotton textile mill. One day, their younger sister paid them a visit, and while there, she witnessed a serious accident. A heavy machine malfunctioned and injured a worker. Knight went home and started tinkering. She invented a device that would automatically shut down a machine whenever a malfunction occurred. Knight went on to create many more inventions, including her most famous—a machine that folds and glues paper bags with flat bottoms that's still in use today.

WHO: Chester Greenwood, age 15
WHAT: Earmuffs
WHEN: 1873
WHERE: Farmington, Maine
Image of Earmuffs by Chester Greenwood
Except for the cold, Chester Greenwood enjoyed ice skating. Testing a new pair of skates on one especially freezing day, he couldn't keep his ears warm. Allergic to wool, he couldn't wear the scarves most kids used.

Frustrated, Greenwood took some wire and twisted it into two ovals. Then he asked his grandmother to sew fur onto them. That did the trick. Later, Greenwood fine-tuned his model and added a steel band to hold the muffs in place. He patented his invention, calling it the Greenwood's Champion Ear Protector. Today, we know them as earmuffs.

WHO: Louis Braille, age 15
WHAT: Braille
WHEN: 1924
WHERE: Paris, France
Image of Braille Alphabet
When he was three years old, Louis Braille became blind as a result of an infection. Braille went to school and memorized everything his teachers said. When he was 10, he entered a special school for the blind. Two years later, he heard a lecture about sonography, a method of reading and writing raised symbols that soldiers used so they could communicate at night.

When Braille was 15, he began fiddling with the "night writing," until he had a six-dot code. At age 20, he published an account that explained his code and how it worked. Braille's alphabet is now used in nearly every country in the world. So imagine, if you can see it think of those who cannot?

WHO: George Nissen, age 16
WHAT: Trampoline
WHEN: 1926 to 1934
WHERE: Cedar Rapids, Lowa
Image of Trampoline by George Nissen
The circus had come to town, and George Nissen was staring at the trapeze artists as they glided through the air. As a gymnast on his high school's team, he must have watched in awe. He also noticed the netting that allowed the trapeze artists to bounce onto the swinging bars and caught them if they fell.

Nissen went home and started tinkering in his parents' garage. Before long, he devised a steel frame that he'd stretched with canvas. That early model was the beginning of what would become Nissen's great invention: the trampoline.
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This is an amazing inventions, Kids are the future of tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing

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Hi Donatus, yeah, you're right. As what other people said. Children will hold our future but now the need us. Protecting and nurturing them is our goal. Thanks for dropping by.

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Inventors are a curious bunch, and many started tinkering and experimenting when they were kids!!! This was an amazing invention and kids can be do such like a great invention!!!

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