From toys to amazing apps, these 7 kids inventors created awesome things without necessarily having the best grades at their schools nor nearly the tools a STEM learning center like techJOYnT could give them, proving once and for all that creativity and passion are actually some of the best skills to learn. Read on to find some of the greatests examples of our philosophy and how some of them changed the world. You’ll be amazed at how far children can go when they simply love what they do!
1. Robert Patch: Convertible toy truck (1963)
Patch is known as the inventor of those classic toy trucks that can be torn apart and reassembled. It doesn’t sound so bright until you know that this little tinkerer was only 6 years old when this happened! He only used some shoeboxes and nails, can you imagine what children could do with modern tools? Eventually his father later patented the design and it became very popular in the industry.
2. Louis Braille: reading and writing system (1825)
You may not know this, but Braille was actually invented by a teenager. Louis was only 15 when he came up with this reading and writing system for the blind or visually impaired, having lost his sight himself at age 3. He designed it so he could be able to read deeper on topics and keep studying, providing society with this valuable gift that has probably changed the life of millions of people around the world.
3. Jack Andraka: cancer research method (2012)
Also at age 15, Andraka recently discovered a new method to detect early stages of cancer in less time and at lower costs. His work has been widely criticized by some scientists; however, it’s still considered as an important finding in the field. Keep in mind the boy did this research while on high school and has ever since become an inspiration for other kids to get involved in STEM too.
4. George Nissen: trampolines (1945)
Every kid can become a great inventor when connecting their skills with their passion. That’s what happened to George Nissen, a gymnast who designed the trampoline when he was only 16 years old. To this day, trampolining is still a worldwide sport thanks to his efforts in making his gymnastics classes better; needless to say kids and adults like to use it just for fun!
5. Fabian Fernandez: the Oink-A-Saurus App (2010)
Fabian was only 12 when he came up with this idea of an app to teach the younger ones about finances, money management, and how to make smart investments. He eventually won a contest and got to develop his app with a team of experts, inspiring millions of kids out there who want to make their ideas come true and happen to innovate more than many adults.
6. Michael Sayman: 4Snaps and more (2013)
The story of this teenager entrepreneur is quite inspiring. His parents didn’t really trust his skills would get him anywhere, so when he started to learn app developing at age 13, they simply thought it was cute. His passion for technology eventually led him to create his most popular mobile app: 4Snaps, a multiplayer puzzle game that finally got his family convinced that, after all, at this point he was able to help with bills, and he was only 16! Sayman called the attention of Mark Zuckerberg and is currently Facebook’s youngest product developer, not bad considering he learned programming online due to the initial lack of his parents’ support.
7. Rickie Stachowski: Water Talkie (1995)
It all started on a summer vacation in Hawaii. Rickie, 10 at the time, was having a great time diving with his dad, wishing there was a way to talk underwater so he could comment real-time about the beautiful things they were seeing. He got home with that in mind, and started studying water acoustics at the family pool, invested his 267$ savings in building prototypes of the Water Talkie, and pitched his idea to Toys “R” Us, eventually becoming the president and founder of his own underwater toys company with an annual revenue of half a million dollars.
These 7 kid inventors sure created amazing things, mostly moved by their passion and using self-taught skills. Can you imagine what children could make with just the right push? Feel free to comment below!