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Amazing Kids! is proud to
highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!
month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing
things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will
inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Kids! of the Month for September,
Amazing Young Inventors; U.S.A.
Young Inventor Natalie Brady, age 7,
with her Booster Buddies invention!
of the Month
order to be a great inventor you must think outside the box. We’ve all
heard that saying, but what does it mean? It means to be original, to
use your imagination, to think of what no one has thought of before, to
tread off the beaten path and create your own; people will follow.
you get stuck, don’t listen to your mind which is saying it can’t be
done. Instead eliminate 'can't' from your mind and get it done. Above
all, have fun and enjoy doing what you’re doing and you’ll succeed.
Reach for the stars! And who said that the sky’s the limit? There is no
limit when you believe in yourself.”
Macocha, age 14
Inventor, Wheel Chair Backpack
"Because inventing helped me
exercise my creativity, now when I see a problem I’m able to view it in
a whole new perspective."
Goldstein, age 17
Inventor of the Crayon Holder
first time I rode Boogie2Boogie it felt awesome because I knew we were
the first people ever to ride the waves together—and soon kids
everywhere would want to do it! When you are inventing, you are doing
something nobody has ever done before!"
makes me wonder about how everybody has different ideas and how the
world would be different if everybody worked together to make all their
ideas become real inventions."
Johnson, age 13
"Inventing makes me excited
about finding out how to make new things work."
Amy Hansen, age 10
makes me think about how I want things to be. Inventing makes me have
an open mind."
Have you ever dreamed of being an inventor? Do you
have some cool ideas that you wish you could become a reality?
Then this month's Amazing Kids! of the Month story is for you! In keeping with an
Amazing Kids! tradition started back in 2000,
this month we once again
turn the spotlight on some amazing young inventors.
This is our third story about kids who invent, and the
stories just keep getting more and more amazing! This time, our
story not only includes profiles on some amazing new
up-and-coming kid inventors, but features
an Amazing Kids! of the Month Alumni Update as well, with true-to-life
success stories about some of the "Amazing
Young Inventors" featured previously on our website!
Many of these ingenious kids have been patenting their
products and will be (or already are!) selling them in stores, thanks
to the help of a company called By Kids For Kids (http://www.bkfk.com/). Read
their story below and who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to
invent your own product that, much like the young Bill Gates of
Microsoft, or the inventors of the Internet, or the Google search
engine did, will some day change the world!
And don't forget, if you, or a young person (or persons!)
you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special
skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to
let Amazing Kids! know about
it! Teachers are invited to nominate their entire classroom and
the amazing projects they are working on too! Simply complete our
form for the Amazing Kid! of the Month
award, or email
Amazing Young Inventors
One Young Inventors
age 7; Inventor of Booster Buddies
& Amy Hansen, ages 10 and 13, and Nick & Kaycee Johnsen, ages 10 and 13;
- Matthew Ballick
& Justin Lewis, ages 14 and 15; Inventors of FLIP-ITZ
- Jerrilee Geist,
age 10; Inventor of Swipe It!
- Cassidy Goldstein,
age 17; Inventor of Crayon Holders
- Justin “Justy”
Euliano, age 17; Inventor of Aim N' Fish
- Scott Barnhill,
age 13; Inventor of Security
- Chandler Mococha,
age 14; Inventor of Wheelchair Backpack
Amazing Kids! Alumni
Have you ever thought of an idea
that you knew would be a great invention, if only you could get someone
help to you actually make it? The kids you will read about below
all started out just like that: they had an idea, and then, with
the help of their family, teachers, mentors, and people who specialize
in bringing ideas to the marketplace, they were able to see their ideas
become a reality!
Below you will read about some real-life amazing kid inventors and
their inventions. Be prepared to be inspired!
my name is Justin Euliano and I invented the Aim ‘N Fish.
Brady, age 7;
Inventor of Booster Buddies at age 3 1/2
|At the age of 3
½ Natalie Brady spent a lot of time in her car booster seat
while traveling with her parents.
She saw a problem... She needed a
pillow to help her go to sleep in the seat but
the pillow kept falling out of her reach.
She had an idea...To
make a pillow that would fasten to the car seat so it
wouldn’t fall and would be in a shape that was fun and would help her
She developed it...With the help of
her mother, Natalie came up with the Booster
Buddies. They are brightly colored, animal shaped pillows that
fasten to the car seat to hold them in place and are fun to sleep with
Her idea was a hit...The
Booster Buddies have been sold in retail and on the
Internet and Natalie has told her story on TV and in newspapers!
& Amy Hansen, ages 10 and 13, and
Nick & Kaycee Johnsen, ages 10
of Boogie2Boogie at ages 10
Kaycee Johnsen and Alyssa Hansen, both 10, and Nick Johnsen and Amy
Hansen, both 12, thought that children’s body boards, commonly known as
Boogie Boards, were not well designed for kids. They decided to design
a better version
that was kid friendly.
They saw a problem...There were no
body boards that were designed particularly for kids. Older riders ride
on the face of waves, farther out from the shore. Kids enjoy body
boarding the breakers, the “white water,”
near the shore. Kids needed a body board that is made specifically for riding that kind
of wave, focusing on riding in the breakers near the shore—where kids like
They had an idea...To create a
Boogie Board that had a functional shape, that was fun
to use and appealed to kids. They enjoyed “surfing” together and came up
with a connector to attach to each board to the other so they could ride in
tandem. Also, for parents who wanted a way of getting children’s
attention when it was time to come in, the kids came up with a remote
signaling device so that parents could signal them from shore.
They developed it...The kids came up
with the boomerang shaped design which was both fun and aerodynamic. Their
parents along with local body boarding professionals helped them as
they built a prototype out of
Polyethylene, rubber leashes and Velcro.
Ballick & Justin Lewis, ages 14 and 15; Inventors of FLIP-ITZ
at age 8
At age 8, while at a youth basketball banquet, Matthew Ballick and
Justin Lewis were getting bored, so they started playing with the lid supports from the
pizzas that were ordered for a party. Soon, every kid and parent in the
room was flipping
them everywhere and the boys decided this would be a great toy.
They had an idea...Why not use the
lids to make a toy that is fun &
easy to play with, collectable, easy game
to take with you, portable, can be developed and packaged in
themes and with favorite character designs
and that uses children’s imagination and creativity.
They developed it...The boys used a
similar design to the plastic lid
supports and added various colors and
designs to it and they produced FLIP-ITZ.
Their idea was a hit and a winner…FLIP-ITZ
was in over
1,500 independent gift shops including Zany Brainy
and Learning Express prior to their licensee closing their doors
in 2003. FLIP-ITZ and the boys
were featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in
2001 and several other newspapers across the country. The boys were
to be on the Early Show and the Today Show and featured in a children's
Scholastic News, which is given to over one million school children!
Geist, age 10;
Inventor of Swipe It! at age 9
At 9, Jerrilee Geist wanted to create a special birthday gift for her
older sister who loved word games. She wanted
it to be the best game ever!
She saw a problem...How could she
create a game that was new and fun? What type of
game would involve words and be challenging?
She had an idea...To somehow combine
the best elements of both word and card
games in a fast paced spelling game.
She developed it...With the help of
her mother, Jerrilee brainstormed ideas
and developed Speed Spell, a fast-paced game of spelling and
vocabulary. Speed Spell is a game in which the players race to complete
words from multiple letter
groups building from the inside out. The more words you complete, or
steal, the more points
you earn. The more cards left in your hand when someone goes out, the
more points you lose. The
rules contain several versions, and it can be played cooperatively or
competitively, and in fact, it naturally
has some of each built in.
Her idea was a hit…All of Jerrilee’s
friends and family enjoy playing the game. She is setting up Speed
Spell Tournaments in schools across the country and making herself
available to do Meet the Creator
assemblies in Bay Area schools!
Goldstein, age 17;
Inventor of Crayon Holders at age 11
At age 11, after struggling to use broken crayons, Cassidy Goldstein invented a device to
hold the crayons and make it easier for her to draw.
She saw a problem...Crayons break
easily and become hard to manage in small pieces. Kids throw
away their used crayons when they get too small to hold. Kids end up needing a
whole new box of crayons for one color.
She had an idea...To create a device
that would hold the crayon and give the user something bigger
to hang onto, enabling them to use their broken crayons rather than throwing
She developed it...Inspired by the
plastic tubes used to keep roses fresh while being transported, Cassidy created a
holder that would grab the small pieces of crayon. She experimented
with various materials to make it
work. Ultimately she designed a device that would grab the crayon
of its size.
Her idea was a hit and a winner…She
became a Student Board Member of the National Gallery for America’s Young
Inventors, she has a 3-year License agreement to manufacture and sell
and she has been featured in various newspapers, magazines and
television programs discussing her
product. Her Crayon Holder is now available in Wal-Mart!
“Justy” Euliano, age 17;
Inventor of Aim 'N Fish at age 16
Justin Euliano loved
to ﬁsh as a kid but he had difﬁculty with casting.
saw a problem...One day while ﬁshing
under some trees he noticed all the tangled hooks and bobbins in
the tree above his head. He thought it would be fun if there
was an easier and safer way to cast a ﬁshing line. He
realized that all young anglers had problems casting with
frustration of tangled lines and hooks that get stuck in unexpected places.
Why couldn't you just aim your rod to where you wanted the
hook to go? Fishing adventures often got cut short.
had an idea...He set out to create
a new ﬁshing rod that would cast for you.
developed it...He came up with a
compact, ﬁsh-shaped rod and reel enhanced with an interior
mechanism that could shoot the line out into the water 10-30 feet with
the simple press of the trigger. No more ﬂinging the rod and
hook behind the head to cast. Justin designed his Aim 'N Fish specifically
for kids to use who are between the ages of 3-12 years.
idea was a hit and a winner…Justin recently won
Chester Award winner in the By Kids For Kids Xerox National Invention
Barnhill, age 13;
Inventor of Security One
Card at age 9
At age 9, Scott was searching for the key card to get into his family’s
In order to find it he had to sort through all of the credit cards in
wallet to find the right card for the hotel.
saw a problem...That there was a
different plastic card for everything from airline mileage clubs to YMCA
memberships to hotel room keys to movie rental stores. Even in school he had
an I.D. card, a bookstore card and a door entry card.
had an idea...Wouldn’t it be nice
if you could just add a new magnetic strip to one card, when you needed
instead of having a new card for everything?
developed it...He designed a
magnetic card system whereby a retail store or hotel could add an additional
magnetic strip to an already existing plastic card of the user’s
choice. The additional strip
would contain the information for that store/hotel only.
idea was a hit and a winner…He won the 2004
LeTourneau University Invention & Design Contest, he was named 2004
“Innovator of the
Year” by the Maryland Daily Record, and he won the 2003 Student Ideas
for a Better
America Competition. Scott has appeared on several television news
Mococha, age 14;
Inventor of Wheelchair Backpack Swivel at age 12
At age 12, Chandler saw his neighbor who is in a wheelchair struggling to get her
belongings out of her backpack hanging on the back of her
saw a problem...Both disabled kids
and adults who are conﬁned to wheelchairs have this same
problem. This is frustrating and forces them to always rely on help
from others when in fact they are striving for independence.
had an idea...Chandler came up with
the idea for his Wheelchair Backpack Swivel which aids wheelchair bound
persons in retrieving their back pack or bag from the back of their wheelchair.
developed it...He came up with a
brilliant prototype made of steel tube, elbow ﬁttings,
springs, nuts and bolts. This brings a sense of independence and
control to those who are completely dependent on a chair and the people
idea was a hit and a winner…Some of Chandler's accomplishments as a
result of his invention include:
- Winner of the
Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Contest
- Inducted into the
National Gallery for America's Young Inventors
- Winner of the DaVinci Award
for designing for accessibility
- Received endorsements
from medical equipment industry experts
"I invented the Aim ‘N Fish when I was 10 years old. I
went fishing with my dad; the best fishing spot we could find was under
low hanging trees. The trees were decorated with
rigs, hooks, lines and bobbins. After my first cast
my bobbin became the newest addition to the trees decoration.
I said to my dad: 'Wouldn’t it be great if I could just
aim and shoot my bobbin right where I want to fish, avoiding the trees
and the danger of hooking someone?'
"So the challenge began. First I looked to buy a
spring action dart gun, after purchasing it I took the reel off my
fishing pole and placed it on top of the plastic toy dart gun.
I used black duct tape to hold the two together.
Then I used crazy glue to glue a plastic red and white
bobbin to the end of one of the darts. I then put
my fishing line and hook at the end of the bobbin. I
really didn’t want it to look like a gun, so I came up with the idea to
make it look like a fish. Wood shaped like a fish
was used to cover up the plastic dart gun. I would
like to color it so it really resembles a fish. Eventually
I would like to have different adjustments on the spring tension so you
can shoot the hook as close or as far as you want.
"Then came the 'reel' test, I had to see if it worked. It
sure did; I caught many fish! While on a Boy Scout
fishing trip there were about 20 boys all packed onto one small dock;
it was a disaster waiting to happen. With the long
bamboo poles, kids were hooked, and lines were tangled. I
remember saying to my dad: 'Imagine if everyone had my Aim 'N Fish it
would be so much safer and a whole lot of fun!'”
Justin Euliano, age 17
Inventor of Aim 'N Fish
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Amazing Kids! Alumni
Back in 2000, Amazing Kids! did our very first Amazing
Young Inventors story.
Here is an update about some of the kids we featured. What are
they doing now? What happened to their invention?
Read on to find out!
Meggitt, age 17; Inventor of the Glove and Battie Caddie at age 10
When we first featured our Amazing Kids! of the Month story
about amazing Austin in 2000,
he had won a national contest called the "Ultimate Invention Contest"
for his Glove and Battie Caddie (pictured
above). At that time, he had just applied for a patent
from the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office (www.uspto.gov/), was
inducted into the National Gallery for
America's Young Inventors at the National Inventors Hall of Fame,
in Akron, Ohio, and had appeared on several television news
We are delighted to report that Austin now has his patent, and his
invention has been manufactured and is being sold in stores!
Here is a link to our original story about Austin: www.amazing-kids.org/kids3-00austin.htm#austin
Wright, age 18; Inventor of the "Auto-Off" (or "Wright") Candle at
Lisa's invention is a
self-timing candle, that can be set to "turn itself off" at a specific
time interval. When we first featured the Amazing Young
story about Lisa, she had won the Student Ideas for a Better
America in 2000.
Since that time, Lisa appeared on several tv news shows and was
inducted into the National Gallery for America's Young
Inventors at the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in Akron, Ohio and
received a provisional patent for her invention.
Here is a link to our original story
about Lisa: www.amazing-kids.org/kids3-00lisa.htm#lisa
Whale, age 15; Inventor of the Needle Beetle at age 9
Brandon's Needle Beetle is a device that makes getting shots
easier for kids and that helped medical personnel administer
injections. It is a squeeze device shaped like a Beetle that not only
raises the vein for the doctor or nurse but also distracts the child’s
attention to ease the pain and fear.
Since we first featured Brandon, he has appeared on television several
times, including on Discovery Kids. His Needle Beetle is being
used at Winthrop University Hospital and Kids Cancer Center.
Here is a link to our original story about
Whale, age 12; Inventor of the KidKare Riding Car at age 6
Spencer's KidKare Riding Car was
designed specifically for young patients at children's hospitals.
The car has an attached pole which holds a patient's IV, so kids could
play freely and parents wouldn't have to run behind their child's
riding car holding their child's IVs.
In our original story about Spencer, (who, by the way, is
Brandon Whale's younger brother!), he had won the 1999 Student Ideas for a Better
America Competition for his KidKare Riding Car invention, had placed
first in a Regional Invention Convention in 2000, and had just been inducted into the
National Gallery for America's Young
Inventors (the youngest person at the time ever to be inducted!)
Since our first story about Spencer in 2000, he won the Jimmy Neutron
Generation Genius Young Inventors Contest in 2003.
Here is a link to our original story about Spencer: www.amazing-kids.org/kids3-00whalebros.htm#whalebros
to all of these amazing young inventors!
Calling all (kid) inventors!
have an idea for an invention? Or do you already have a product
you've invented selling in stores? Do you you have an idea that might
just help change the world or improve the lives of others? Or one
that could be the next hot product? We want to hear from
you! Send us an email
and who knows? You could be featured as one of the next Amazing
Young Inventors in a future Amazing Kids! of the Month
Amazing Young Inventors - Part I (Amazing
Kids! of the Month, March, 2000):
Amazing Young Toy Inventors (Amazing Kids! of
the Month, January, 2002):
Famous Kid Inventors: www.bkfk.com/inventions/kidinventors.asp
How to Invent: www.bkfk.com/howtoinvent/
Links to Resources on Inventing: www.bkfk.com/pedia/
By Kids For Kids website: http://www.bkfk.com/
National Gallery for America's Young
the Partnership for America's Future website): www.pafinc.com/gallery/index.htm
Patent Cafe website: http://www.patentcafe.com/
Inventors and inventing at About.com: inventors.about.com/
invention and innovation.
United States Patent and Trademark
The Tech Museum of Innovation; San Jose,
Visit them online, or in person, for
inspiration and ideas: www.thetech.org
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no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just
waiting to be discovered. (Sometimes we just need a little help
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