Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program—Students of Invention

Journal Article by: Valynda Mayes, Mary Kay Hemenway , Brad J. Armosky, and Valynda Mayes Digital resources are stored online in your NSTA Library.

Thomas A. Edison said, "To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." Well, the finalists in this year's Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Award Program had no shortage of imagination but chose more useful items with which to work. With the goal to invent or modify a tool, students across the country were searching homes, yards, and garages for just the right tools to improve or reinvent. This article describes this year’s Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program finalists’ inventions.

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A selection from Science and Children -- September 2004

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  • on Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:47 AM

This article is one that I find to be quite beneficial in the classroom and to the realm of science. I absolutely loved the use of Thomas Edison's quote of “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” The best inventions may sometimes be those that use everyday items to fix common solutions. Within the source, the students that invented these products have witnessed the need for their creations. It is absolutely amazing to see the ideas that children can have and the positive impacts these ideas can have on a community when they are supported.

Sydney O  (NH)
Sydney O (NH)

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