My 7 year old, Kenny, is an inventor!
The school that our kids attend, as I have mentioned before, have a focus on math and science. This year, the kids were required to participate in an "Invention Convention." The Kindergartners (Jacob) did the project at school, as a class. But, all other grade were required to do a project at home on their own with the help of mom and dad.
So, we got to help Kenny create an "Invention." I was actually completely overwhelmed by this project myself because I am not very creative and always hated science anyway. This kind of thing is just not my thing. But, the teachers did have a good process set up to find something to "invent"- which, by the way, did have to be truly unique. We had to look for other patents for the idea he chose and everything. The first thing he had to do was do a worksheet on "Life's little problems." It was divided into categories- such as environment, home, school, transportation, etc. They had to think of a couple "problems" that they might want to solve with a new invention in each category. Then, once they thought of problems that need solved, they could choose one and think of a solution which would become their invention.
Kenny's problem that he chose to solve was that his bike always falls down- laying on the ground- when he isn't riding it (it doesn't have a kick stand). So, he had to think up solutions to the problem. We then had to research patents, draw diagrams, make a model and a display. Here is his solution:
He called it "Kenneth's Bike Stand." It is like a metal track (wrapped in foil to simulate metal....) that the wheels slide into which goes up over the front wheel to hold it up. It would be a stand that would stay in the place where the bike belongs, to have a place to store it neatly- keeping it upright. Here is Kenny with his display:
We are proud of him and think he did a great job! It was a tough project, but he did it and came up with a great solution, I think!
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