National Kid Inventors’ Day

Did you know that today is National Kid Inventors’ Day? Yes – kids make some of the best inventors!

I’ll prove it to you – did you know that popsicles were invented by a kid? It’s true! They were invented by an American 11 year old named Frank Epperson in 1905. He had been mixing powdered soda and water in a cup, and accidentally left the mixture outside overnight with a stirring stick still in the cup. Next morning, he found that the mixture had frozen solid and he could eat it like a lollipop by holding the stick.

If you want to become an inventor, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Be curious and ask questions: Start by observing the world around you and asking questions about how things work and how they can be improved. Look for problems or challenges that you encounter and try to come up with new solutions.
  2. Conduct research: Learn more about the topics that interest you by reading books, articles, and online resources. Talk to experts and visit museums or science centers to gain more knowledge.
  3. Brainstorm and develop ideas: Once you have a better understanding of a problem or challenge, start brainstorming ideas for new inventions or improvements. Write down your ideas, and try to develop a rough prototype or model of your invention.
  4. Experiment and test: Once you have a prototype or model, start experimenting and testing to see if your invention works as expected. Make changes and adjustments as necessary, and be prepared to fail, that is a natural process of invention.
  5. Seek feedback and help: Share your ideas with friends and family, and get feedback from them. You can also seek help from mentors, teachers, or experts in the field, they can offer valuable guidance and advice.

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