Calling all inventors! Invention Convention comes to HMS!


An invention is the creation of something new, such as a tool or a machine, or a new way of getting work done.

Inventions may give people greater control over their environment and allow them to live better, easier, and happier lives.

An invention is different from a discovery. A discovery is seeing something that exists in nature for the first time. An invention is the creation of something that never existed before. For example, people discovered fire, but they invented the match to start a fire.

(From "Invention." World Book Kids, World Book, 2017, Accessed 27 Nov. 2017.)

Check out these resources to learn more about inventions and the design process!

Read the rest of the World Book Online article about inventions. (See your teacher for the username/password!)

Explore some inventors and their inventions on the MIT Inventor Archive.

Take a look at how some kids in Britain had their design sketches turned into real-life working models!

Here are a few more kid inventions to check out, both from the past and the present!

Even more inventors and their inventions from The Great Idea Finder website.

Look over page 6 from the PBS Design Squad website. (The complete booklet is available here)

Examine the picture below of the engineering design process, then watch the video snippets. Do you see

how this process could help guide your invention efforts?

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From Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science, Boston, MA

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Are you ready to get started?

This form may help you to get started on brainstorming some ideas >

Refer to the Invention Convention paperwork from your teacher to check on the guidelines for the Invention Convention and what will be required to enter your invention into the contest.

Still need some inspiration? Watch these videos of some young inventors and their inventions from The Ellen Show!

Still not sure what direction to go in? Scroll down this page to see what problems the $10,000 grant winners of the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Program in Cambridge, MA are working to solve in their communities!

Keep going! Be persistent! You can do it! If you need a break, try playing some of the fun games listed below.

Think you have come up with an original invention and want to share it with the world? Check out MIT's Inventor Handbook to walk through the necessary steps to make that happen!

Need a break? Try out these fun games!

Brainpop Sortify - Inventions - Sort tiles into buckets to score points. Click on the ? in the right-hand corner for further directions!

World Book Online - Eureka! - Click on <Games>, then choose <Matching Games>. Eureka challenges you to drag the person to the object they are famous for inventing or discovering. (See your teacher for the username/password!)

Tinkerball - How many different ways can you help the ball reach its goal?

Mad Inventor - Funny Fill-In - Fill in the blanks to create your own silly story.

Invention Trivia Quiz - You will be amazed at some of the answers to this fun quiz!

Additional Resources:

Young Inventors Program (YIP) website, with background information on Invention Convention.

Link to Sites of Interest to Young Inventors, from the YIP website.

Page created by R. Beaudoin
Media Technology Integration Specialist