Final Tips from a Judge: “Sell” It

This Week’s Tips from Ms. Edwards:   “Sell” It – Once you have your final invention idea, you want people to start using it! How will you convince others to use your invention? Create a “fact sheet”, a video, or written pitch about your invention. What environmental problem does it solve? How is it different from other inventions? Who is your “target audience”? Who should use your invention? How does it work? Answer these questions to explain how your invention will lead to sustainable greener…

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More Tips from a Judge: Try It and Tweak It

This Week’s Tips from Ms. Edwards:  Try It – Once your prototype is finished, ask friends, teachers, parents, and neighbors to try it. It’s even better if you ask people you interviewed in the Think it step or someone who is affected by the environmental challenge you’re trying to solve. What do they like? What suggestions do they have for making your invention better? Be sure to write down what they say about your invention so you have helpful notes for the next step of the process.…

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More Tips from a Judge: Sketch It and Create It

This Week’s Tips from Ms. Edwards: Sketch It – Once you have a basic concept of what your invention will be, make some simple sketches of your idea. These do not have to be perfect or artistic. Sketches simply help you take the idea in your head and put it on paper. Sketches can help you think through not only what your invention will look like, but how it will work. You may want to make several sketches of your invention – from the front,…

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Top Ten Things Successful Inventors Do

Successful inventors often have their own style or way of doing things. I have listed ten things I have seen over the years that I think are common for successful inventors. See if you can learn from any, or all of them. See Things Differently. Inventors develop the knack of looking at the world and their immediate surroundings in different ways. It’s a skill that anyone can learn. I will help you with ‘tips and tricks’ on how to see the world differently throughout this…

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Meet Tricia Edwards and Get Started!

Meet Tricia Edwards and Get Started! Tricia Edwards is a judge of the 2017 Invent It Challenge and she’s here to help YOU with your Invention Process and Challenge Entry. Ms. Edwards is the Head of Education for the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and she develops programs such as Spark!Lab, an invention lab for children and families located at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Ms. Edwards believes that everyone is inventive, and that each of…

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