Innovation knows no age, and the success stories of young entrepreneurs prove it. These five talented kid inventors have achieved remarkable feats in engineering, technology and innovation. Through their projects at science fairs and summer camps, they have been able to create products with advanced technological capability than what was previously available on the market. Join us as we explore how these young minds are using their creativity to tackle pressing global issues.
Emma Yang, a 16-year-old who created a portable Braille printer and embosser to provide her grandmother with access to the written word.
Emma Yang is a remarkable young inventor who has achieved incredible success in her young age. Emma Yang’s grandmother suffers from progressive brain disorder, and could no longer read and write. Emma wanted to give people with disabilities an easier and accessible way to read and write.
Her journey began when Yang won the Florida Atlantic University Engineering Summer Camp, which provided her with the opportunity to develop a 3D-printed water energy capturing device. She then went on to win numerous awards and recognitions such as representing Wolfram Research in the Tech Startup Challenge, Shark Tank and various science fairs across the country.
Yang created the Braille Box and is a portable braille printer embosser. It can be used for educational and consumer use, allowing anyone to print out textbooks or any other materials in the braille system. She created it with low cost electrical components, making her invention at a significantly lower price point compared to similar products on the market.
Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old engineer who designed ‘Tethys’, a technology used to measure water quality.
Gitanjali Rao is an 11-year-old engineering prodigy from Denver, Colorado. She is the youngest person to ever represent Wolfram Research in the annual Tech Startup Challenge.
Gitanjali Rao invented “Tethys” based on carbon nanotubes that could send water quality information via Bluetooth. The Tethys device will be designed to detect lead levels in drinking water, and could eventually be used to help resolve water supplies issues such as the Flint water crisis.
Gitanjali developed her technology with low-cost electrical components and open source hardware. Her innovation has enabled people from all walks of life to have access to clean and safe drinking water. Gitanjali has gone on to win numerous awards and recognitions, including the title of America’s Top Young Scientist in 2017.
Benjamin Franklin, invented swimming fins at age 11.
Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished thinker, scientist and inventor. At only 11 years old, he invented swimming flippers that allowed him to swim faster and further. His invention was the result of experimentation with different paddle designs for his hands which enabled him to propel himself through the water more quickly.
The invention of swimming flippers has had far reaching implications, as they have been used by athletes and even the military to increase speed in the water.
Louis Braille, the 19 year old French inventor of the popular braille system.
Louis Braille was a 19-year-old French inventor who revolutionized communication for the visually impaired. Born in 1809, from an early age Braille had been fascinated with reading and writing systems. At the age of ten, he had studied the methods of communication used by soldiers in Napoleon’s army to communicate discreetly at night using an alphabet of dots and dashes.
Braille combined his knowledge of this military code with a system he developed himself to create the Braille language, which is still used today by people across the world as a means of communication. His invention has enabled visually impaired individuals to have access to written material, allowing them to better understand and interact with the world around them.
George Nissen, invented the trampoline at age 16.
George Nissen was a 16-year-old high school gymnast from Iowa who invented the trampoline in 1930. He noticed that when performing acrobatics, gymnasts were able to bounce off the mattress or other surface, often times achieving greater heights than initially imagined. Nissen then decided to create his own trampoline to take advantage of this idea.
The invention of the trampoline has had a lasting impact on sports, from circus performances and the Olympics to backyard entertainment. Nissen’s creation has been used by millions of young kids and adults alike over the years for recreational fun or as a way to exercise. The trampoline continues to evolve and be used in innovative ways, from parkour to new kinds of sports.
Inspiration from Young Entrepreneurs
These young inventors have made an incredible impact on the world through their ingenuity and creativity. While they may be young, their stories serve as a powerful reminder of what can be accomplished when you set your mind to something and use the resources around you to make it a reality. For other aspiring entrepreneurs, these stories provide important lessons in problem solving and taking risks. We can all find inspiration in their stories and use it to pursue our own dreams. These inspiring stories show that any age is no barrier for innovation, but with the right tools and resources, children and young people can make usable technology and a real difference in the world.