You don’t have to be old or have a college degree to be an inventor. Look at these kids! They did it and you can do it too!
- Mattie Knight- Mill Safety Device, age 12 – She developed a device to shut down a machinery mill when it malfunctioned. She was also the first woman to receive a U.S. Patent.
- Philo Farnsworth- Television, age 14 – He conceived of the idea in 1920 at the age of 14.
- Frank Epperson- Popsicle, age 11
- Igor Sikorsky- Helicopter, age 19 – He started developing the idea at age 19.
- Blaise Pascal- Calculator, age 18
- Louis Braille- Braille, age 12
- Andrew Heafitz- Lightweight Camera, age 19
- Chester Greenwood- Earmuffs, age 15
- Richie Stachowski- Water Talkie, age 10 – He invented a walkie-talkie that works underwater.
- Krysta Morlan- The Cast Cooler, age16 – She invented a device that relieves irritation when wearing a cast.
This month our Concept of the Month is Entrepreneurship! We’re talking about how to invent, how to start a business, and more. It’s easy to be an entrepreneur. Here are a few traits:
- Find a need and fill it.
- Keep your eyes open.
- Be persistent- or even stubborn.
- Don’t worry if people laugh at you.
- Be careful, some inventions can be dangerous.
- Protect your ideas.
- Take risks.
- Be willing to fail before you succeed.
Do you think you’re an entrepreneur? Take this quiz here and find out! Then come into Young Americans Bank for more information about starting a business. Plus, check out the Builders Lab for ways to get started brainstorming and making money. Good luck!