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8 super cool things invented by kids

 

You might be amazed to find out that some of the things you use every day were invented by kids the same age as you. We've rounded up 8 really cool items for you to check out and be inspired by — maybe they'll get you inventing something amazing too.

Braille

16 year old Sarah Buckel invented magnetic locker wallpaper as an easy way to dress up your school locker.Braille is the raised dots system of reading for the blind. It is named after Louis Braille, who invented it in 1824 when he was just 15 years old. He modified a military code used for reading messages on the battlefield in the dark and went on to invent Braille, making it possible for blind people to read.

Earmuffs

Earmuffs were invented in the late 19th century by 15-year-old Chester Greenwood of Maine. He made a wire loop and asked his grandmother to sew fur onto the ends. His Greenwood’s Champion Ear Protectors, as they were originally called, even kept U.S. soldiers’ ears warm during WWI.


Toy truck

a wooden toy truck

Photo by Emmanuel Santos licensed CC BY 2.0 

In 1963, 6-year-old Robert Patch drew up a sketch for his ideal toy truck — one that could easily be taken apart and put back together and could transform into other vehicles. Even at his young age, he got a patent for his idea and wound up creating the first convertible truck toy.


Popsicles

Christmas trees used to be lit with candles but in 191, 15 year old Albert Sadacca invented a string of coloured light bulbs for safely lighting up the holidaysIn 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson left a mix of powdered drink mix, water and a stir stick out on his cold porch overnight. The frozen pop he found in the morning would be called the Epsicle. Later, his kids started calling them "Pop’s ‘sickles" which became the name we know today — Popsicles!

Trampoline

In 1930, 16-year-old gymnast George Nissen was inspired by the nets used in high-wire circus acts. He put together a steel frame and a canvas sheet and created the first "bouncing rig." Several years later when George heard the Spanish word for a diving board (el Trampolin) the word "trampoline" was born.


Snowmobile

a person riding a snowmobile through a snowy forest

Photo by Heather Sunderland licensed CC BY 2.0 

Back in 1922, 15-year-old French-Canadian kid Joseph-Armand Bombardier was tinkering with his dad’s old Ford Model T motor and thought — “Hey, I should attach it to a sled and see if I can zoom through the snow!” While his brother steered, he took control of the motor and the first powered snow machine roared to life.


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