You probably think kids are only good at inventing excuses to avoid chores, but think again. These teens and tweens are the minds behind some revolutionary products from household staples, Philo Farnsworth’s electronic television to cool niche novelties magnetic locker wallpaper to an entire method of communicating braille.
Joseph-Armand Bombardier, hailing from the Great White North Valcourt, Quebec, was 15 years old when this young mechanics fanatic designed a prototype to help navigate the local terrain: a snowmobile.
Blinded at an early age Louis Braille struck by an awl, Braille devised the well-known system of reading and writing for the visually impaired in 1824. Louis Braille was 15 years old when invented Braille.
SarahBuckel’s idea — magnetic locker wallpaper — gave students a boost of schoolhouse style, put her dad’s biz on the map and helped her earn some serious pocket change. Buckel’s invented magnetic locker wallpaper in 8th grade and generated $1 million in sales from Target, Staples, Rite Aid.
Summers got a lot cooler thanks to Epperson’s accidental 1905 invention, the Popsicle. He was 11 years old when he left a cup if soda on his porch in cold weather overnight. The next morning it was frozen so he put two sticks in the frozen soda and pulled it out and tried it.
Talk about extra credit: In the early 1920s, 14 year old farm boy Farnsworth showed his chemistry teacher a bright idea, a stepping-stone for making the first electronic television.
Though he didn’t acquire a patent until 1877, Greenwood created earmuffs with wire, beaver fur and cloth after ice skating when he was 15 years old.
Jaggi thought about more than just joyrides when he looked at cars; he designed the Algae-Mobile 3 to help make them more eco-friendly when he was 17 years old.
Elizabeth Nathan & Gabriella Pollack
This New York City dynamic duo came up with their nonreusable syringe in 1995 when they were 17 years old to help curb a major health issue, Nathan and Pollack syringe to help prevent the spread of HIV-AIDS.
Patterson, at age 17 got the idea for the sign language translator glove in 2002 while he was getting “brain food”. He was sitting in a Burger King restaurant one afternoon when the idea for the sign language translator hit him as he watched a group of deaf people enter the restaurant and begin communicating their orders in sign language to a speaking translator.
Tharon Trujillo of Plumas Lake was just 10 years old when he invented a safety gate, Lock-N-Block Safety Gate, that helps keep children and pets from falling through sliding screen doors.