With National Kid Inventors’ Day celebrated on Sunday, January 17, students throughout the U.S. are at the forefront of developing forward-thinking inventions. In many cases, these innovations are well ahead of their time.
Chicago eighth-grader Noah Hong, for example, envisioned a future before the pandemic where everyone will need to wear masks outdoors. In response he developed “The Good Breather”, a personalized pollution-filtration face mask that is developed using biometric facial recognition. “This mask design is more effective in providing consumer-producer connections so that the consumer knows how to properly use the product,” he says, It integrates natural and sustainable resources in the production and materials of the mask to prevent overuse of materials that, when wasted, could become hazardous to the environment.”
Connecticut Senior Rachna Vipparla developed “Viru-Cleanse”, a unique dispensing system that combats the spread of viruses by utilizing a safe and specially formulated Hypochlorous solution. “The invention has multiple applications: distribution centers, airports, shipping centers, schools, warehouses, shopping malls, and even in homes.,” Rachna explains. “If “Viru-Cleanse” were placed in the primary doorways of these buildings, the fine mist being sprayed can effectively kill the virus, thus controlling the spread.”
The need to nurture social and emotional skills among young students is now all the buzz in the field of education. Idaho fourth-grader Charlotte Hober invented “Emotional Emojis”, a board game to help kids cope. “Some people can’t tell their emotions apart or are not willing to talk openly about their feelings, and many people do not know how to cope with their emotions,” she says. “My game teaches you how to identify and cope with your emotions. In this game you will make someone happy with heart cards, tell what emotion a person is feeling by reading a story card, tell your own stories with emoji cards and identify emotions by looking at real human faces.
Noah, Rachna and Charlotte all participated in local invention convention programs and went on to win awards at the 2020 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, a program of The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. The Museum’s Invention Convention Worldwide initiative serves over 120,000 K-12 students across the globe every year. It’s cornerstone is an invention education curricular program mapped to national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for life. The annual awards ceremony will take virtually this year on June 24, sees over 500 participants.
The mission of Invention Convention Worldwide is to bring invention education to every student everywhere.
Organizations interested in bringing the year-long program to their region can get more information at www.inventionconvention.org.