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Be an Inventor, Become an Engineer

I want to be an inventor. How do I become an engineer?

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How do I get started becoming an engineer? I’m just a kid.

Camp Invention
This is a real camp especially for young inventors, held around the country. It is sponsored by The National Inventors Hall of Fame and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Design a Pneumatic or air-powered machine
Invent your own air-powered machine. Draw a picture of what your machine might look like. What kind of air source will you use? Balloons, hair dryer, fan, your breath, etc. Practice being an engineer.

Discover Engineering
Learn how engineers are making the world a better place for future generations and how you can help.

The Jim Henson Company and DHX Media’s newest animated preschool series “Doozers” focuses on four Doozers kids who live in Doozer Creek. Dubbed “the Pod Squad,” Spike, Molly Bolt, Flex, and Daisy Wheel engage in exciting projects to DESIGN, CREATE, and INNOVATE. These Doozers are DOERS – they put their ideas into action! Hulu original series.

Engineer Girls
You’ll have the power to make a difference! By becoming an engineer, you can help solve problems that are important to society.

Engineering Adventures
A free curriculum created especially for kids in grades 3 – 5 in out-of-school time programs! Follow India and Jacob as they solve real-life problems by using the engineering design process.

The Engines of Our Ingenuity
Read or listen to this radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Over 1000 shows here. Click on the list numbers to find the content. Use the keyword page.

Idea Generation Techniques
Ideas are things that come and go and fairly frequently too. However, the really great ideas usually spring unexpectedly in moments of inspiration. Get those ideas flowing with these techniques!

Inventive Kids
Helps children develop their innovative and creative potential. At iKIDS, children can experience innovation and creativity in “real time”. iKIDS also provides helpful information to teachers and parents.

Making Stuff
David Pogue hosts a four-part special series exploring the materials that will shape our future. Aired August 21, 2013 on PBS. Learn about the future of making stuff stronger, smaller, cleaner, and smarter.

Use this quick and fun activity anywhere, anytime. Try SCAMPERing in the car, while walking, or just sitting around! It’s a game for inventive kids.

US Patent and Trademark Kids Pages
People have invented some truly odd things. Businesses have some strange trademarks. But this is also a site with lots of games to play while you learn how to patent your inventions or trademark your art.

I want to read more about inventions

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. Engineer
by Steven Johnson
In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.

Basic Engineering Mathematics by John Bird John Bird’s approach is based on worked examples and interactive problems. This makes it ideal for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds as the student can work through the material at their own pace. Mathematical theories are explained in a straightforward manner, being supported by practical engineering examples and applications in order to ensure that readers can relate theory to practice. The extensive and thorough topic coverage makes this an ideal text for introductory-level engineering courses. This title is supported by a companion website with resources for both students and lecturers, including lists of essential formulae, multiple choice tests, full solutions for all 1,600 further questions contained within the practice exercises, and biographical information on the 25 famous mathematicians and engineers referenced throughout the book. The companion website for this title. Kindle Edition
by Masterwoodcraft
Contains both flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, wooden mallet, hammer, pliers, plane, chisel, angled wood ruler, plastic level, bending wire, double sided screwdriver, plastic tweezers, 8 pc socket set, filer, plus wood storage box. Great for a child’s 1st carpenter set. Large enough for additional tools.
by Klutz
Our book includes 33 special LEGO elements that combine with basic bricks from your collection to make your machines go. But don’t worry that you won’t have the right bricks; we worked with the folks at LEGO to make sure you’ll need only the most common bricks, and that there are plenty of substitutes. The result is a chain reaction of fun, as one thing leads to another… and another… and another.


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