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Invention Convention

Examples of Student Inventions

“I can't think of anything to invent!” is a complaint teachers sometimes hear when students begin the inventing process. You can encourage students by discussing some of the inventions listed here that students have created over the past few years.

  • a device that cleans gutters
  • a plastic product that holds a book while you eat
  • a rain poncho designed for use when riding a bicycle
  • a lunch-box alarm that goes off when an unauthorized person opens the box
  • a bird feeder that protects feed from wind and rain
  • a new board game
  • a newly designed bottle opener
  • a toothpaste cap that minimizes waste and mess
  • a device that prevents blisters from forming on hands when raking, shoveling, or sweeping
  • a billfold that organizes money by denomination for blind people
  • a new candy bar
  • a new type of swing set
  • clothing tags to help match and coordinate clothes
  • a dog collar that lights up at night
  • a bedspread that zips down the middle
  • safety suspenders that light up at night for joggers or bikers
  • a lock for a folding door
  • a new type of ice cream container that minimizes mess
  • a new type of rake that allows you to pick up leaves without bending over
  • an infant support that prevents a very young baby from falling over
  • a robot that distributes and collects student papers
  • a glove with a light for signaling turns when riding a bike at night
  • a better, more comfortable swing set
  • a device to hold objects for disabled people who use a walker
  • a computer program that includes graphics and music for entertaining children aged 3 months to 4 years
  • a child's seat that fits a shopping cart
  • a hearing-aid guard
  • a mailbox alert device that signals when mail has been delivered to a roadside mailbox
  • a leg cast sock to keep toes warm
  • tapeless wrapping paper
  • a comforter for cats
  • an outside house light that flashes to signal police, firemen, or other helpers as to which house made a call for assistance
  • a computer program that catalogs videotapes
  • an eyeglass defogging device
  • a device that makes it easier to swallow pills
  • a drying rack for gloves
  • a liquid that covers fade marks on bluejeans
  • a light switch for young children
  • a chocolate-candy device that prevents ice cream cones from dripping
  • a bus-stop night light