Creative inventing has no limits.
Only this month, it was discovered that three teenagers (aged 14-15) were the masterminds behind the popular anonymous COVID tracking site, COVIDbaseAU.
Here are some of the best inventions we could think of made by kids:
Louis Braille, 15 years old
After becoming blind at three years old, Louis Braille struggled to read, by tracing his fingers over letters. At 12 years old, he was shown a method of silent communication used by the military; which he went on to simplify. By just 15, Louis had created the series of raised and indented dots that make up the Braille alphabet, which is still used today.
Frank Epperson, 11 years old
At just 11 years old, Frank Epperson accidentally invented the world’s first popsicle, when he absentmindedly left a cup of soda powder, water and a stirring stick outside. Overnight, the concoction froze and the desert was born!
20 years later, Frank started selling his invention as sweet treats, and today literally billions of popsicles are consumed around the world.
George Nissen, 16 years old
After seeing trapeze artists drop to the safety net at the circus, George thought it would be even more exciting if they kept on bouncing. At just 16 years old, George turned his parent’s garage into a workshop and built the world’s first trampoline – consisting of a canvas stretched over a metal frame.
The Transforming Toy Truck
Robert Patch, 5 years old
In 1962, a five-year-old named Robert put together some shoeboxes and bottle caps to create the first transforming toy truck: which could morph from a dump truck, to a flatbed, to a box truck and back again. Robert’s father saw potential in the invention and took out a patent in Robert’s name. When it came through a year later, Robert was the youngest patent holder ever at the time.
Chester Greenwood, 15 years old
Whilst ice-skating in 1873, a 15-year-old Chester found that wrapping a scarf round his head was not enough to keep his ears from getting cold. With the help of his grandmother, Chester designed a wire frame to hold beaver skin pads around his ears, creating the world’s first earmuffs. By 19, Chester had patented his idea, and went on to sell hundreds-of-thousands of pairs a year, including to soldiers in the First World War.
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