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Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors Paperback – August 24, 2005
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Inventions solve problems in daily life, and this nifty book solves the problems of how to go about inventing. From identifying a problem in your work to thinking about how to solve it, the information is broken down into small solvable parts.
So how do you come up with a problem? Hone your observational skills and look around. Stories of inventions developed by young scientists who responded to their own needs or those of their community provide the backbone and wonder of this inspirational book.
Some ideas come through observation, some through research, and some from searching for a use for something. Next, the inventor can turn to journaling or model making or can learn with a mentor. For those really great ideas, the book discusses patenting, designing a trademark, and manufacturing and selling the product. There are many websites, programs, competitions, and camps found in the appendices.
Students can be great inventors because life is newer to them and they take less for granted. Awareness is the first step to discovery. What a wonderful little book for showing children other children as inventors... and they can learn how to become one themselves!
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Have you ever seen inventors on TV or in the newspaper and thought, "That could be me!" Well, it certainly couldand this book shows you how. Kids Inventing! gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for turning your ideas into realities for fun, competition, and even profit.
From finding an idea and creating a working model topatenting, manufacturing, and selling your invention, you get expert guidance in all the different stages of inventing. You'll see how to keep an inventor's log, present your ideas, and work as part of a team or with a mentor. You'll meet inspiring kids just like you who designed their own award-winning inventions. And you'll see how to prepare for the various state and national invention contests held each year, as well as international competitions and science fairs.
Discover how exciting it can be to rethink the world around you, solve problems, and surprise and delight others with the results. Anything's possible with Kids Inventing! (Who knowsyou might even become famous!)
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THIS book, however, will be GREAT when he turns 8 or 9 and is ready to look outward - trying to figure out what to do with his inventions, whether selling, patenting, refining, or simply looking for examples of inventors. The book is strong on the 'inventor' side and a little less so on the 'invention' side. Also probably a little weak on the illustration side for this day and age. The book could probably support twice as many images.
Still, until we had Kids Inventing! my daughter didn't really know what to do with her many ideas. This very supportive book showed her where to begin - how to brainstorm for ideas, to keep an idea notebook, to make drawings and prototypes, to ask questions, and rework the design. In short, how to bring an invention to life!
The book is full of real-life examples of other kids who invented things, some very useful, and some just for fun. Some of the children ended up marketing and selling their products, and others decided not to. At the end of Kids Inventing!, there is information on everything from inventors' clubs, to how to get a patent and protect your idea (this alone is a reason to get the book, in my view), an inventor camp, and suggested reading.
As a mom to a future NASA engineer, and inventor of...oh, sorry, I can't reveal that. It hasn't been patented yet! Anyway, I highly recommend this book.
Easy to read, full of first-rate practical advice, with lots of good photos and charts, this book will be especially useful not only for all those young inventors out there, but also for their teachers. I'm a teacher myself, and am always on the lookout for books that encourage children to think big, to explore what could be, to use their imagination...and Kids Inventing! is exactly this kind of inspiring book.
The advice on patents and trademarks alone is well worth the price of the book. There is a great deal too, of interesting history throughout. The sections on awards, invention fairs, science fairs, contests, camps...all of these add to the completely practical aspect of Kids Inventing! Author Casey guides the reader step-by-step, always encouraging, always guiding with a sure hand.
Kids Inventing! is sure to be a big hit with the brightest, highest achieving students....but I believe that it will also be of plenty of interest to most kids. This one ought to be in every school library...shot it ought to be in all the classrooms! Highly recommended.