Kids! of the Month
is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of
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 March, 2000:
Young Inventors, U.S.A.!
Amazing Young Inventor at
Pictured above is 12th grader Charles
Johnson, winner of the Lemelson-MIT
Program's second annual high school
invention apprenticeship award.
Quote of the month:
"Students want reality, not mere simulation."
Nicholas D. Frankovits, educator
and Executive Director, National Museum of Education
This month, Amazing
Kids! is proud to
feature some amazing young inventors
from cities across the United States! From a water exercise
bike for the physically disabled, to a baseball bat and ball caddie for
your bike, these bright young thinkers have come up with some pretty awe-inspiring
Take a look at the amazing new ideas
of these industrious and enterprising
young inventors, and who knows? Maybe after you're done reading their
stories, you may come up with your own amazing ideas for an invention (or
"constantly or regularly occupied"
"bold, active, and energetic in undertaking or experimenting"
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Meggitt, 12 years old, Shupe
Middle School, Amherst, Ohio. National Grand Prize
the "Ultimate Invention" contest.
"Glove and Battie Caddie," for safely carrying baseball equipment on your
and Spencer Whale, 10 and 7
years old, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"PaceMate" device for better transmission of EKG over phone lines, and
carrying device for kids' wagons.
Johnson, senior, Hamilton High
School, Hamilton, Texas.
"Train Detecting Device," which warns motorists of oncoming trains.
McKay, 13 years old, Carmel,
Glass," lighted drinking glass.
years old, Frederick, Maryland
a moving map and teaching tool demonstrating continental drift over
the last 170 million years.
Summer Lumpkin, fourth grader
at Ecole Kenwood School, Columbus, Ohio.
Twilight Post," a lighted address mail post
Marie Wright, Winner, January
2000 "Student Ideas for a Better America,"
The "Auto-Off" Candle, a candle that automatically turns itself off.
of Some Amazing Young Inventors Programs
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL GALLERY FOR
AMERICA'S YOUNG INVENTORS?
reprinted from the website
of the Partnership for America's Future,
now known as the National Museum of Education.
"The National Gallery for America’s
Young Inventors is a program established for the purpose of enshrining
great inventions produced by America’s youth. The National Gallery complements
the efforts of the National Inventors Hall of Fame by inducting six young
people in grades K- 12 annually. In this way, the National Gallery is taking
the great ideas of American youth and preserving them forever.
"The Partnership for America's Future
is a non-profit educational organization that is designed and run by full-time
classroom teachers. We run a number of programs that are designed
to get students to use their education NOW to solve real-world business
and educational problems for financial reward.
"Though we are a young organization
(6 years old), we have...
...helped more than 50 teachers and students turn their inventions into
products that are now on the national market.
...created the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors which annually
honors up to six young inventors from across the country.
...developed a national invention competition -- Students Ideas for A Better
America --which awards two student inventors each month.
...been featured on CNN, Channel 1, TBS, CBS and countless local TV, radio,
and national publications.
...worked in cooperation with SEARS to write guidelines for the Craftsman/NSTA
tool invention competition.
...worked in cooperation with Duracell to write guidelines for the Duracell/NSTA
national invention competition
....received support from the Ohio Department of Development."
"What If?" - Young Inventors Program and Fair, Twin
reprinted from the Young Inventors Program website, now part of the Success Beyond the Classroom website: www.successbeyond.org/YIF.htm
"Invention and science go hand-in-hand
with creativity and education. Each year, the Young Inventors Program encourages
and recognizes over 5,000 young inventors in grades K-12. The
program offers workshops for educators
on teaching invention, an invention curriculum, and student recognition
at invention fairs. The Young Inventors Fair gives 100 students in grades
4-9 the opportunity to display their inventions to the public at the Science
Museum of Minnesota."
about Kid Inventors
Information Resources and Activities
Programs, Camps, and Contests
about Kid Inventors:
Austin Meggitt's Story on the National
Gallery For America's Young Inventors website
Kid Inventors and Inventions on
The National Gallery for America's Young Inventors:
Information Resources and Activities:
Ron Riley's Kids Inventors Resources
Ronald J. Riley's Advice for New
Inventors (young and old)
Ronald J. Riley's Interesting Invention
Links for Teachers
United States Patent and Trademark
Office's Kids Pages
Programs, Camps, and Contests:
The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams - High School Invention Grants
National Inventors Hall of Fame
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Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:
It's no secret...every person has
an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered.
(Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness"
If you are doing some amazing things
too, we want to hear about it! Send
us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell
the world just how amazing you are! We are always looking for new
stories. And don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you!
Here's an idea you might want to try:
WHY NOT HELP
OTHERS SEE THEIR OWN POTENTIAL?
If you know someone who needs a little
encouragement, why not tell them what you think is special about them?
Maybe you can be the one to help them uncover their own special
Amazing Kids! is looking for teens
to be Amazing Teen Volunteers and Ambassadors.
If you'd like to join Amazing Kids! in helping to spread the word, please
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HELP US SPREAD
cool to be an Amazing Kid!
Calling All Amazing
Kids! We Need Your Help!
If you are, or know any kids who are,
doing amazing things, we
want to hear about it!
Send us your stories, so we might
be able to feature you too someday! Please be patient, and
we will do our best to tell your story some day -- hopefully soon!
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about Amazing Kids!, please
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