Young Inventors Workshop

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Young Inventor's Workshop - Teaching children the inventive process

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Young Inventors Workshop

  1. 1. Young Inventor’s Workshop An ETC Program Offered by Palisades Parent Resource Group Sponsored by PALS
  2. 2. Today’s Workshop <ul><li>What is Inventing? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we Invent something? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find a PROBLEM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm for SOLUTIONS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CHOOSE the best solution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How to Build a MODEL of your INVENTION </li></ul><ul><li>Explore some Simple Machines to help with your MODEL. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Which was INVENTED first? <ul><li>Lifesavers </li></ul><ul><li>BandAid </li></ul><ul><li>Frisbee </li></ul><ul><li>Post-It Note </li></ul>
  4. 4. Inventive Process Find a PROBLEM Think of Lots of IDEAS for Solutions CHOOSE the best Solution Build your INVENTION
  5. 5. What is a Problem? <ul><li>“ Whenever there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be, and you don’t know how to find a way across that gap, you have a problem.” </li></ul><ul><li>A Problem is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A situation in need of improvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A goal, intention, or desire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A project or task </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An obstacle to be overcome </li></ul></ul>? ? ? ? ?
  6. 6. How to Find a Problem <ul><li>What do you like to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you NOT like to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What is hard for you to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Think about: </li></ul><ul><li>School </li></ul><ul><li>Home </li></ul><ul><li>Chores </li></ul><ul><li>Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Games </li></ul><ul><li>Interests </li></ul>
  7. 7. MAPS How to Think of Lots of Ideas <ul><li>M AGNIFY/ M INIFY </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size- Higher? Longer? Thicker? Smaller? Shorter? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A DAPT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What else is like this? What does this remind you of? Is my idea really new? What existing ideas can I use e.g. battery. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>P UT TO OTHER USES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New ways to use as is or modified? Other places to use? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>S UBSTITUTE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What else can be used instead? Other ingredients? Other power? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How to CHOOSE the best solution <ul><li>Does it answer these questions - </li></ul><ul><li>Is my IDEA practical? </li></ul><ul><li>Can it be made easily? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it as simple as possible? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it safe? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I make it without spending a lot of money? </li></ul><ul><li>Is my IDEA really new? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it withstand use, or will it break easily? </li></ul>

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