Changemakers are people who look at the world around them with fresh eyes. They question the status quo, and they bring ideas to life via invention that have the potential to change the way we approach our own reality.
In honor of Universal Children’s Day, and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, let’s thank some young inventors who have inspired us with their ideas! Here are just a few inventions that have become a part of our daily lives.
The Problem: Don’t you just hate it when you’re eating Pringles potato chips and you can’t reach the chips at the bottom of the can? Georgia Dinsley did.
The Solution: Eleven-year-old Georgia created the Pringles Hook, which helps users grab all the chips from the can — no breakage or struggle required. Just goes to show that even the simplest inventions can make your life easier!
The Problem: Winter weather is no joke, so when 15-year-old Chester Greenwood was ice skating one day and his ears got really cold, he knew he had to think of a solution.
The Solution: Chester enlisted his grandmother’s help to make a wire headband. He then sewed beaver skin to the ends, creating the first earmuffs. He patented his invention and sold earmuffs to soldiers during World War I.
The Problem: In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson accidentally left powdered soda and water — along with a stir stick — in his cup. The concoction was frozen by the next morning.
The Solution: Frank realized that this happy accident would make a delicious treat in the summertime. So, he partnered with the Joe Lowe Company of New York and dubbed the treat ‘Popsicle.’ Today, more than two billion popsicles are sold in a year and they are pretty much a summer staple everywhere.
The Problem: Abbey Fleck was only eight-years-old when she invented a much-needed kitchen gadget to help her make bacon. Abbey and her father loved bacon, but they didn’t love how messy it was to cook. One Saturday morning in 1993, they realized they were out of paper towels to help drain the bacon grease — so her dad put the cooked bacon on the classifieds section of the newspaper.
The Solution: Abbey thought that there must be a better way to cook bacon! What if she cooked it vertically to help the grease remain separate from the bacon through the whole process? Her simple invention — the Makin’ Bacon — is now a staple in thousands of kitchen across the country.
Remember that anyone can invent the next big thing that will change the world — regardless of gender, race, nationality, and ability. Do you have a problem in your life that needs a solution? Take this Thanksgiving holiday to start building one!
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