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Kristina Mulina

Assistant to Patent Attorney

17 January 2020

The most famous inventions created by the children

Surely, each of us has a lot of interesting ideas — both smart and ridiculous, which we rarely implement in practice due to various factors. Unlike the adults, the children see this world as limitless and full of opportunities, without a fear to express and implement their ideas into reality. Thanks to this, the children can be called rightfully as the real inventors, because they still continue to contribute to the world around us. You can make sure of this yourself after getting to know, in my opinion, some most interesting examples of the inventions and the discoveries that have been made by the children.

In 1873, fifteen-year-old Chester Greenwood invented the fur ear protectors. The prerequisite for the creation of his invention was his dislike of head wears. To wrap a scarf around his head every time was not so convenient for him, and, at the same time, it was necessary to protect his ears from the chilly wind, while skating in winter. That was when he solved his problem by creating the fur ear protectors. He patented his invention soon, and then he opened his business, which was of especially great success among the American soldiers during the years of the First World War. The invention of Greenwood is popular so far both among the children and the adults during the cold season. No wonder that the city of this little inventor was recognized as the capital of the world of the ear protectors.

The creation of fruit ice belongs to eleven-year-old Frank Epperson. In 1905, his invention appeared by chance. He made his drink, stirred it with a stick, and, he forgot about it leaving it on the porch in the yard of his house for the whole night. The cold weather did its job and the mixture in the cup turned into a frozen product. In the early 1920s, he patented “frozen ice on a stick” and began to manufacture this delicacy with various flavours, but always on the wooden stick.

A toy truck with a drop-head body was invented by five-year-old Robert Patch. The little boy thought about the toy, which would be capable of being easily disassembled, assembled, the body of which would be capable of being changed by turning it into other kinds of the trucks. He created quite an operating prototype of the truck from a shoe-box, the bottle caps and the nails. Then, in June 1963, Robert, at the age of six, patented his invention, and since his father worked as a patent attorney, he helped with the registration of the patent.

In 1998, six-year-old Spencer Wail came up with an idea of creating a toy car for hospitals. The toy car, in which the children would be able to ride safely even with the droppers came to the boy’s mind after his visit to the hospital, where he could not sit still, and in order not to annoy his parents once again because of boredom, he offered to make the dropper as a moving one. He was developing it for a long time, he tested various materials, and he eventually made a decision in favour of reliable plastic. Spencer's idea aroused interest among many people, and soon the first hospital cars appeared, which contained the dropper and a mobility system hidden inside of them.

Fifteen-year-old self-taught mechanic Joseph Bombardier created the world's first snowmobile. At the beginning of the 20th century, in the wintertime, car enthusiasts were not yet capable of using their transport, and they had to change to horse-drawn carriages. However, Joseph tried to solve this problem and he made the world's first prototype of the snowmobile out of his father's old car. And some time later, he upgraded his invention and founded a large company Bombardier Recreational Products. Today, this company manufactures not only snowmobiles, but also trams, railway trains and even planes.

In 1930, sixteen-year-old gymnast George Nissen offered an idea of a trampoline concept thought by him. The idea of creating the trampoline came to him during a trip to the circus, where he was watching the gymnasts and noticed a safety net used by them in the dangerous tricks. Four years later, George created a prototype of the trampoline out of the canvas connected to a pivot metal construction with the elastic harnesses. Realizing that he had invented something incredible, the young man began upgrading his invention for a commercial purpose and he devoted almost all his life to it; George not only improved his pet project, but he traveled the world advertising the trampoline created by him.

Braille intended for writing and reading by blind and visually impaired people was developed in 1824 by fifteen-year-old Louis Braille. At the age of three, Louis lost his sight, however this did not interfere with his desire to learn and develop. By the age of fifteen, he developed a relief and point tactile font for blind and visually impaired people, whose symbols could be recognized by one touch of a finger. This font was the first binary cording record system. And over time, Braille became world-famous.

In 2013, a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl, Ann Makosinski, came up with a flashlight that worked from the human heat. Few people know that the human body produces enough heat to power a 100-watt bulb. The girl created the simple led flashlight that can be powered with the heat of the human body. Thanks to this, there is no necessity to recharge or replace the batteries; all that is necessary for the work of the flashlight is just to hold it in the hands. This technology can continue to be developed, because the scientists are already talking about the mobile phones and the gadgets that can be charged from the heat of the human body.

At the age of sixteen, Jack Thomas Andraka became widely known as the creator of an innovative technique for diagnosing such oncology disease as pancreatic cancer. The test created by the young inventor was several times faster and cheaper than the previously used analogues. Despite the fact that Andraka’s invention is recent and requires some improvements, it has already caused a wide response in the mass media and the scientific circles. After all, hypothetically, Andraka’s technique can be improved for other kinds of cancer.

As we can see from the above examples, the children do not lose their grip, and they sometimes make amazing discoveries and create the inventions that are necessary for the humanity. Many of the things that we use every day have been invented by the children: from the toys to the serious means of transportation and the techniques in medicine — the children can do everything. Therefore, if your child comes up with the ideas that are obviously banal in your opinion, it is not necessary to dismiss them immediately; perhaps some of them can determine our future.

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