Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors

ISBN-10: 0471660868

ISBN-13: 9780471660866

Edition: 2005

Authors: Susan Casey

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Have you ever seen inventors on TV or in the newspaper and thought, “ That could be me!” Well, it certainly could— and this book shows you how. "Kids Inventing! gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for turning your ideas into realities for fun,   competition, and even  profit.   From finding an idea and creating a working model to patenting, manufacturing, and selling your invention, you get expert guidance in all the different stages of inventing. You’ ll see how to keep an inventor’ s log, present your ideas, and work as part of a team or with a mentor. You’ ll meet inspiring kids just like you who designed their own award-winning inventions. And you’ ll see how to prepare for the various state and national invention contests held each year, as well as international competitions and science fairs.  
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 148
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

SUSAN CASEY is an English teacher, a journalist, a speaker, and the author of Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discovery That Have Shaped Our World. To find out more about Susan, visit her web site at

Getting an Idea
Look for a Problem to Solve
Break Problems into Smaller Parts
Think about Improving Something You Already Enjoy
Think about Solving a Community Problem
Think about the Needs of Others
Find an Idea Through Research
Find a Use for Something You Discover
Is Your Idea an Invention?
Keeping a Journal or an Inventor's Log and Writing a Report
Logs and Journals
Inventor's Logs, Journals, and Reports as Part of a Display
Making a Model
Start with a Sketch
Make a List of Materials
List the Tools You Will Need
Estimate Costs
Inventory Your Skills and Acquire Others
Set up a Workshop
Ask for Help and Be Safe
Make a Scale Model
Naming Your Invention
Name Your Invention after Yourself
Name Your Invention for What It Does
Use Word Tricks in Naming Your Invention
Name Your Invention for Its Sound
Name Your Invention for Its Feel
Give Your Invention a Catchy Name
Participating in Competitions, Programs, and Camps
What You Can Gain by Entering an Invention Contest
Preparing for Competition
Inventing as a Team
Teamwork Calls for Cooperation and Compromise
Small Teams
Large Teams
Learning with a Mentor
Mentors Are Guides
School Mentor Programs
Mentors from the Business Community
Patenting an Invention
How Inventions Are Patented
The Patent Search
Types of Patents
Patent Applications
Patent Infringement
Registering a Trademark
Trademarks Are All Around You
Trademark Symbols
Types of Trademarks
Applying for a Trademark
Trademarks instead of Patents
Manufacturing, Packaging, and Selling an Invention
Product Development
Find the Right Company to Manufacture Your Invention
Selling Your Invention
Licensing Your Invention
Suggested Reading
Useful Web Sites
Invention Competitions, Programs, and Camps
Photo Credits
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