|Posted by Rahat on March 25, 2011 at 1:40 AM|
School projects are a great opportunity to think out of the box and let your creative juices flow. This article will help you in your pursuit of finding easy inventions for school projects.
The word 'invention' itself means conceiving an original idea and implementing it successfully. An invention
could be something as small and simple as a safety pin or it could be something as complicated as an aircraft. However, the similarity between both these inventions is that they have helped mankind in some way. When you invent something, you essentially reduce manual efforts for doing something or improvise an existing process for better output or cut the cost or sometimes reduce environmental pollution by coming up with innovative ways that replace the way in which things were done previously.
Any invention, no matter how big or small, is an original idea of the inventor. Often times, inventions are a result of an accident or sometimes, they are conceived out of sheer necessity (necessity is the mother of invention, remember?). When Walter Hunt twisted a piece of wire he might not have been aware that he was about to invent a device (read safety pin) that would help mankind in more ways than one. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to invent something. In fact, some of the most useful inventions in the world were invented by kids. The idea behind inviting invention ideas for school projects is the same, encouraging kids to come up with something new and original. Obviously, in this article yo
u won't find any ready made and easy inventions for school projects. Nonetheless, we have provided some tips on how to come up with easy invention ideas of your own.
Think Out of the Box
Yes, no matter how cliched this sentence sounds, there is no alternative to thinking differently. You must have heard of an adage that says, Winners don't do different things, they just do things differently. Most of us are blissfully happy with the way things run in our life. We rarely care to pause and question these mundane things that control our lives. An apple must have fallen on hundred other people before it fell on Newton. But none of these people objected to the way it fell on their heads! If Newton would have responded to this mundane thing in the same way, we would have missed out on one of the most revolutionary principles in science. The point here is, unless you start questioning the way in which things happen in your life, there is no place for innovation.
Look for an Inspiration
Some of the most useful inventions of the world were inspired by little things in everyday life. If you look around you, you will find hundreds of different jobs that are still running traditionally. For instance, you could make a small hand held battery operated fan for your mother to let her dry her nail polish. Or you can make a small suction pump which can be used to clean kitchen sink pipes and similar other things. You can also make your own thermos flasks from plastic water bottles and a thermal material. Ever thought how to pluck mangoes from a tree without climbing on it? Take a large rod and attach a long, sharp blade to its end, at an angle. Tie a jute bag around the blade to collect mangoes. This simple invention can help many people to pluck fruits from their backyard.
If you look around, you will find several things that could function better with a little improvisation. For instance, you may have found yourself groping in the dark to find a flashlight during a camping trip. If you could just stick radium stickers to your flashlight, you can spot it in pitch dark. Similarly, you can also think about the ways to keep water off your glasses in rains.
Thus, one can come up with numerous easy inventions for school projects, on their own. Parents should indeed help kids with their project, however, instead of making a ready made project for them, encourage your kids to come up with original ideas and only help them implementing these ideas.