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    Ann Makosinski
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    Mihir Garimella
  • Ryan Patterson
    Ryan Patterson

Meredith, Queen's Square | January 2, 2019

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. Did you know that among other things, Franklin invented the first swimming flippers? Did you know he invented them when he was only 12?

In honour of this incredible inventor, January 17th is Kid Inventors Day, a day to celebrate the kids and teens who have created some fantastic inventions. And, yes, some of them are even more important than swimming flippers!

Take Philo Farnsworth, for example. He had the early workings of the first television set figured out before he turned 15. Then there’s George Nissen, who started working on the trampoline when he was 16. Or Louis Braille, who (you guessed it) developed braille at the age of 15 after going blind as a child.

So what do you say? Want to join the ranks of the amazing inventors of our past and present? It’s easy to get started. Why not visit our Music Hub and get inspired by music, like 17-year-old Marian Bechtel, who used a piano as a prototype for a land mine detector. Ever pulled an all-nighter finishing some last-minute homework? Find out how the problems of late-night studying led 16-year-old Ann Makosinski to make a flashlight powered by body heat. You could even check out a book on robotics, and design a new robot like 14-year-old Mihir Garimella’s Flybot, a robot created to locate victims trapped in burning or collapsing buildings.

The possibilities are endless, so get started! And if you’re wondering what else today’s teens have added to the world of inventions, check out the video below to see how 17-year-old Ryan Patterson developed a glove to translate sign language.

Ryan Patterson and his Sign Language translating glove