For leaders it is hard to believe that You Tube, Facebook, Pinterest and Etsy to name a few can have such a large impact on advertising. This new form of communication has allowed some people and products to gain instant notoriety. Ask the girls what social media tools are available to advertise and why some might be better than others.
We watched an episode of "Shark Tank" which really helped the girls understand that new inventions and products require capital or start-up money and how to "pitch" your product.
Send a Ball - Female Sisters that began sending balls in the mail.
What is the definition of an invention?
We also talked about how important research can be you don't want to spend time and money on an invention that is already being marketed. I once thought I had created a great tool for pulling elastic through a hem. I used a piccolo tuning rod and attached a safety pin and then ran the safety pin through the elastic. I have used this for years and it is super helpful so my daughters told me I should market it.
A quick internet search led to disappointment when I found out the product already exists:
It is called a Bodkin
I created some FUN Trivia Sheets as handouts:
Toy Invention Mix & Match
Inventors Trivia Fun
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Finally I showed the girls my invention I created:
The ALL in one Washer/Dryer which saves space, time and money. Once the wash cycle is complete the washer empties and then the dryer turns on. (Why hasn't this been invented?)
The girls then had to create their own invention. They were given a scratch sheet of paper for their rough draft and a shiny brochure piece of paper for their final project. They used markers and sharpies to complete this project. We hope to show these to the patent attorney for his opinion on their success.
The girls created the following:
Sneakers that released bubbles as you walk
Beds created into objects like dinosaurs and unicorns
An assembly line of cooking items that slice, blend and cook foods
A high Heel shoe that you can flatten the heel so your shoe can be worn as flats or as an heel
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