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Before they are old enough to drive a car, children have been making enhacements in science, technology, and food for hundreds of years.

Here are some of the best ideas made by the world’s youngest minds, ranging from commonplace toys to game-changing inventions.


If you enjoy bouncing, George Nissen is to thank. He came up with the trampoline at the age of 16 after seeing trapeze performers fall into the safety netting below them. He reasoned that it would be more exciting if they could instead bounce out of the hole instead. The trampoline was created way back in 1930.


Chester Greenwood, at 15 years old, was sick of his ice skating trips leaving his ears numb. To keep his ears warm, he made a wire frame and had his grandma assist in sewing strips of beaver skin to it The muffs were well-liked, particularly by the men fighting in World War I.


Before the Braille alphabet was created in 1824 by 15-year-old Louis Braille, blind people had to read by feeling their way over raised letters—a long and difficult procedure. Braille converted a form of communication used by the French military into an alphabet that could be readily read by the blind after suffering an eye injury that rendered him blind at the age of three.


Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two 17-year-olds, came up with the idea for The Man of Steel in 1933, and he first appeared in comic books in 1938. Some comic book historians assume that the death of Mitchell Siegel in an armed robbery at his business served as the inspiration for the concept.


Popsicles were invented by accident, like many wonderful delicacies. Frank Epperson, 11, unintentionally left a cup containing soda powder, water, and a stirring stick on his porch overnight where it froze, giving rise to the delectable treat. He began marketing his sweet delicacies nearly 20 years after his unintentional discovery in 1905. We now consume almost 2 billion meals annually. In reality, even though “Popsicle” refers to a distinct brand, popsicles are one of the products whose brand name has grown to be associated with the product itself. Not bad for a boy of 11!

Hot Seat

The reports of kids dying after being unintentionally left in hot automobiles saddened Alissa Chavez, and she decided to take something to help stop it. The Hot Seat is a little cushion with a sensor that is placed in the car seat and links to the parent’s smartphone. It was invented in 2014 by a 14-year-old girl. The cushion will sound an alert if it detects that the smartphone has moved more than 20 feet from the vehicle while the child is still in the car seat.

Swim Fins

Benjamin Franklin, a famous inventor and a founding father, created swimming fins when he was just 11 years old. His 1717 invention was hard paddles that were fastened to your hands, as opposed to the soft fins that are worn on your feet nowadays. When you go snorkeling in the future, impress your pals with this bit of knowledge!

Toy Trucks

Robert Patch, who received the patent for the toy truck in 1963 at the age of just six, was one of the extremely young innovators. His innovation was designed to be disassembled and reconfigured into many sorts of vehicles, much like an early Transformer, and he constructed the first version out of bottle caps and cardboard.

Magnetic Locker Wallpaper

If you enjoy decorating lockers, you can credit inventor Sarah Buckel for coming up with this simple idea back in 2006. In order to avoid having to scrub her locker door clear of decorations at the end of each school year, 14-year-old Sarah Buckel came up with the concept of interchangeable Magnetic Locker Wallpaper. (It didn’t hurt that her father was the CEO of the magnet-making company MagnaCard!)

Early Television

One of the innovators who contributed to the development of this revolutionary technology was just 15 years old when it was initially conceived. Six years after Philo T. Farnsworth drew out the initial plans for an electronic television system, the first image was broadcast.

As you can see, the unrestricted vision of a child’s imagination results in some of the greatest child innovators in history. When it comes to imaginative brains, nothing beats it.


In relation to this article, ITEX is an exhibition that helps to transform creative ideas into commercially viable realities, inventors have a rare opportunity to network with investors, venture capitalists, industry experts, and other key stakeholders. A variety of initiatives, such as TechTalk@ITEX, Pitch4Fund, and Young Inventor Showcase, might also be helpful to participants.

The Young Investor Showcase in particular is an exhibition that is held at ITEX from local and international schools where they have their own showcase to introduce their ingenious creations.

Here are a few inventions from some of the brightest minds at ITEX:  

Yumin Zamil from Saudi Arabia – Early Detection of Widfires Using a Cubeseat

The 10 by 10 cm CubeSat is made up of a 3D-printed frame, a transceiver and antennae for communication, aluminum solar cells, an Arduino board for processing commands and data, and infrared radiation sensors as its cargo to monitor heat and hydrocarbons over vast areas. This allows us to keep an eye on how much heat and hydrocarbons are present before a fire starts to burn.

Niloofar Hassan Behboodi and Team from Qatar – Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

The Arduino microcontroller is interfaced with all of the modules and sensors. The functioning of each of these components is first checked independently. The ThingSpeak IoT cloud graphical user interface is then developed when the modules are integrated to verify the operation of the overall system.

Xiao Lilai from China – Dumbell Bike

On the basis of the traditional spinning bicycle, the handlebars are changed into two parallel dumbbells, and the steering is realized by pressing the dumbbells, that is, pressing the left dumbbell turns to the left, and pressing the right dumbbell turns to the right. While exercising legs, it can also exercising arms and become a new way of exercise.

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It truly is remarkable what some of the young minds can achieve!

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