invention project takes the
students through the steps of the
scientific method and helps them
connect this process to a real-world
The idea is for the students to create
simple solutions for simple problems.
Past Invention Examples
student created a shield to put
on a cereal box.
– This helped him to avoid spilling cereal
when he sat down to eat breakfast.
student created a mop that
attached to a grocery cart.
– This invention allowed the grocery cart
to clean the store while the shopper
walked through the store.
Date: October 14, 2013
Students should first answer the set of
questions for themselves.
Then, they must choose 2 other people
to interview. These can be parents,
other family members, neighbors, etc.
The interviews should help the students
think of possible invention ideas.
Name of Invention
students should come up with a
catchy name that also tells what the
– The “Meckster 3000” might be a catchy
name, but it doesn’t give you a good
idea about what my product can do.
This section answers 2 questions:
– 1.) What problem are you trying to
solve? This should be written in the
form of a question. (Ex. How can the
inventor stop the cereal from pouring all
over the table?)
– 2.) Why is your problem something that
needs a solution?
Due Date: 10/21/2013
What is your invention idea, and how will it
solve the problem.
This must be written using the proper “if then” format.
– Ex. If the inventor builds a shield, then the
cereal will pour into the bowl without spilling
on the table.
Also, write about why you think your
invention will work.
Create a list of all of the materials
you think you will use to create your
project. Be as specific as possible.
If you think you need buttons, state
how big they need to be and how
many you will use.
State step-by-step how you will build
Be as specific and detailed as
Do not use first person.
– Say “The inventor” instead of “I.”
This should be a sketch of what you
think your invention will look like.
Must include a scale measure (e.g. 1
cm: 2 inches)
It should be drawn neatly and should
have some color.
– Please do not bring this to school until
the final due date.
should create a small working
model of your invention.
Please see Mr. Todd early on in the
project if you need help getting
Discuss the invention process.
– How many times did you have to
change or tweak things in order for
your invention to work?
– How much would it cost if you sold
it in the store?
This section must also include a
chart/graph or pictures of your
This section should be a reflection
on the invention process.
What did you learn about inventing?
How would you change things if you
had to do it over again?
will be creating an Advertisement
by video, audio, or digital poster during
the days of Nov 12-15.
– What your invention is:
– How it solves the problem:
– Demonstrates its use.
your creativity to create the ad.
invention final due date will
– The students must have their invention
Advertisement, and model ready to
hand in on that day during class.
– All previous project work will be
TURNED IN at this time!
Sample Interview Questions
there any problems that you
think we can solve with an
“Have you ever thought about an
invention you would want to make?
What problem did it solve?”
Do you have a simple problem that
we could solve with a simple
Get a folder or small notebook to keep all
your work in. Remember you will have to
turn in ALL your work at ONE time.
Make sure you are aware of due dates. I
have tried to schedule due dates roughly
three or four days apart from each other.
Keep track of your work by dating and
naming EVERYTHING! Nothing is worse
than losing part of a project! If your name
is on it you have a better chance of getting
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