CRRL Kids: For Young Inventors

Basic Electronics for Tomorrow's Inventors
Basic Electronics for Tomorrow's Inventors By Dossis, Nick Book - 2013 621.381 Do Available in some locations

Annotation:"...introduces you to essential electronics concepts through fun, do-it-yourself projects. You'll get tips for setting up your home workbench, safely handling materials, and creating a variety of entertaining gadgets. All of the projects and experiments use inexpensive, readily available electronic components and different types of breadboard, which creates a plug-and-play environment for you to build electronic circuits--no soldering required!"

Build A Better Mousetrap
Build A Better Mousetrap Make Classic Inventions, Discover your Problem-solving Genius, and Take the Inventor's Challenge By Kassinger, Ruth Book - 2002 609 Ka Available in some locations

Annotation:Discover secrets behind many inventions through historical examples and hands-on projects to help understand the mind of an inventor.

Gizmos & Gadgets
Gizmos & Gadgets Creating Science Contraptions That Work (& Knowing Why) By Hauser, Jill Frankel Book - 1999 500 Ha Available in some locations

Annotation:Provides instructions for making seventy-five contraptions that demonstrate friction, gravity, energy, motion, and other principles of physics and explains how to think like an inventor.

Kids Inventing
Kids Inventing A Handbook for Young Inventors By Casey, Susan Book - 2005 608 Ca Available in some locations

Annotation:"From finding an idea and creating a working model to patenting, manufacturing, and selling your invention, you get expert guidance in all the different stages of inventing. You'll see how to keep an inventor's log, present your ideas, and work as part of a team or with a mentor. You'll meet inspiring kids just like you who designed their own award-winning inventions. And you'll see how to prepare for the various state and national invention contests held each year, as well as international competitions and science fairs."

The Kids' Invention Book
The Kids' Invention Book By Erlbach, Arlene Book - 1997 608 Er Available in some locations

Annotation:Profiles eleven inventors between the ages of eight and fourteen, describes the steps involved in inventing a new product, and discusses contests, patents, lawyers, and clubs.

Make Cool Gadgets for your Room
Make Cool Gadgets for your Room By Pinchuk, Amy Book - 2001 621.3 Pi Available in some locations

Annotation:"How to make neat stuff for your room! Power up your favorite stuffed animal, build your own electronic alarm box or make a one-of-a-kind Flashy Key Chain you won't find in any store. These are terrific projects kids can create with Make Cool Gadgets for Your Room! Others include: Flashing and buzzing doorbell Motorized toy animal Secret code machine Quiz game Using inexpensive, easily obtained tools and materials, children can build six awesome gadgets."

The Mudpies Activity Book
The Mudpies Activity Book Recipes for Invention By Blakey, Nancy Book - 1994 649.51 Bl Available in some locations

Annotation:For young kids--the projects in this popular, creative source book include a hurricane in a bottle, a do-it-yourself radio show, and edible art.

Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things
Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things How to Make A Boomerang With A Business Card, Convert A Pencil Into A Microphone, Make Animated Origami, Turn A TV Tray Into A Giant Robot, and Create Alternative Energy Science Projects By Tymony, Cy Book - 2007 608 Ty Available in some locations

Annotation:For older kids--A do-it-yourself handbook explains how to transform simple, everyday items and objects into a variety of unusual survival, security, self-defense, or even silly applications.

Steven Caney's Invention Book
Steven Caney's Invention Book By Caney, Steven Book - 1985

Annotation:A project book for the would-be inventor with activities, a list of "contraptions" in need of invention, and the stories behind thirty-six existing inventions.

Weekly Reader Presents Be An Inventor
Weekly Reader Presents Be An Inventor By Taylor, Barbara Book - 1987

Annotation:A manual, designed to inspire inventive thinking, with descriptions of a variety of inventions and information on patenting, marketing, and selling one's inventions.

Annotation:"Invention is a process, from creative ideas all the way to successful marketing, and the Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab uses fun activities to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. You can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors’ notebooks, and even invent!" Located at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

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