How Teen Inventors Are Changing the World
Inventions are important because they have the power to make things easier, more effective, or more interesting. While there are hundreds of thousands of patents each year, recently a trend seems to be taking place. Teens are starting to make the news more and more because of their exciting invention ideas. Young adults are using their creativity to come up with inventions and ideas that can truly make a difference.
It’s exciting when a teenager comes up with a smart idea, because they are so young, and they are already working hard to make a difference in the world and to use their intelligence in a meaningful way. Some of these inventions are really basic, and are based more on having something work than making it flashy. Other ideas are more complicated and cost more to make, but both types of ideas have the potential to make a huge difference.
What’s especially incredible about some of these teen inventors is that they are truly thinking about the people and the world around them, and they want to make a difference. Andrew Pelham came up with the idea of the E-Z Baby Saver when he was in only in fifth grade. The idea is about as simple as it gets: parents place a neon strap next to them, and before they get out of the car, the strap reminds them to determine whether or not there is a child in the car. If used properly, the device can stop harried parents from forgetting children in hot cars. Not only is the device pretty simple, but Pelham actually provides directions on his website for how you can make the same thing at home. This is a young man who wants to make a difference in the world.
Alissa Chavez, at just 17, recently came up with an invention to stop hot car deaths. Alissa calls her invention the “Hot Seat,” and the invention would help parents to monitor their baby’s chair in case it gets too hot. Chavez has already raised over $20,000 on INDIEGOGO toward making the invention, which includes an alarm that sounds when parents walk away from the car seat.
Another teen inventor has already came up with two smart ideas. Ann Makosinski invented a flashlight that doesn’t need batteries, and instead, runs off the warmth that comes from being held in someone’s hands (called the Hollow Flashlight). She also came up with a head lamp that uses body heating that also includes a charging unit.
In addition to showcasing the teen’s intelligence, these inventions also have the ability to save on energy, and possibly be extremely helpful in an emergency.
Several teens have invented apps and games that do various different tasks or offer different opportunities. Thomas Suarez created his own company called CarrotCorp, which makes apps for Google Glass, Android, and iOS. Steven Gonzalez started The Survivor Games, a nonprofit designed to help connect kids with cancer through playing video games. It is basically a social network based on video games. Steven was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, and told that he only had a two percent chance of survival, but he is now making it a priority to reach out to kids with cancer.
Zach Marks invented a safe social networking site called Grom Social after being told that he couldn’t use Facebook and that if he wanted to use a social network, he needed to make his own. In response, Marks made a social network just for kids. The site is for kids ages 5-16, and Zach’s dream was to create a “safe, educational, fun, and highly interactive digital social networking platform.”
At age 17, Marian Bechtel invented a device that could detect land mines using sound waves. She was awarded a fellowship from Davidson Institute for Talent Development because of her invention.
There have been, and will continue to be many more incredible teen inventors. From saving electricity, to saving babies, to detecting land lines, to bringing kids and cancer survivors together, teen inventors are changing the world by using their bright ideas to create inventions that have the power to help others.