resources for young inventors

resources for young inventorsLesson Plans For Young Inventors and Entrepreneurs!

Lesson plans and endless teaching resources for every age that you can use to develop and make it easier for you to teach the Entrepreneurial Mindset!

Creating Inventions

PBS History Detectives – Inventions – amazing resources complete with teacher guides, lesson plans and – you guessed it- videos! >>

A virtual gold mine of ideas and lesson plans that explore the how, when and what was invented and the process and significance of each.

PBS Learning Media has over 3000 lesson plans and activities written for the home educator >> (type “entrepreneur” in the search box and check out all the resources!! I’m like a kid in a candyshop!)

Discovery Education has lesson plans Inventors & Inventions >>– a great selection of lesson plans for the young inventor! >>

Lemelson-MIT: Celebrating invention, inspiring youth
Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by MIT’s School of Engineering.

Find resources like;

  • HowToons; using tools to build and draw your prototype
  • The Inventor’s Handbook – guide for all from what can be patented to licensing your
  • invention.
  • Videos & Games For Inventors!
  • Profiles of great inventors throughout history
  • JV InvenTeam Activity Guide for fun ways to engage inventors grades 7-10

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TOTAL Resource on Inventors and Inventions That Shaped America >>

Contests and Hall of Fame Opps For Young Inventors

National Invention Competition for Kids PreK-College! No deadlines, see list of previous winners, loads of great resources!>>

The Rubber Band Contest For Young Inventors! Over $7000 in prizes awarded each year>>

The Paradigm Challenge: for ages 7-18
Wanted: Ideas to prevent home fire injuries
Reward: Cash prizes up to $100,000! >>

National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors>>

The Young Entrepreneur Award & Hall of Fame >>

TV Reality Shows For Inventors:

Everyday Edisons

The New Inventors


Inventor Spot – EXCELLENT resource, hilarious blog!

There used to be a blog featuring moms helping moms get their ideas out there….anyone know of another one I missed? A great idea for a blog if you are so inclined!

Associations & Networks For Inventors:

United Inventor’s Association

Invent Net

Inventor’s Digest

Inventor Ed

For Children:

Invent Now! – lots of contests and games to encourage the inventor in your child

Teacher’s Vision; Invention Lesson PlansAn excellent resource packed with ideas and lesson plans!

Scholastic’s Teacher Website; Online Theme Units and mini lessons on Inventions


United States Patent and Trade Office – Inventors & Entrepreneurs Learning Resources

From Invention to Innovation – a PDF from Pierce Law IP Mall-a little thick to get through, but gives you everything you need to know. Maybe for the more advanced student.

FTC (Federal Trade Commission) – the government clearinghouse on what you need to know to register a trademark, copyright and all that stuff!


I think -know – I just skimmed the surface of what is available out there but I wanted to publish this before the end of the century! Hopefully, these resources will help you get started – or at least realize that you really could actually take your idea from concept to market!

Have you done anything like this? Let know what helped you or just tell us about your invention you took to market!

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