Girls and Young Women Inventing: Twenty True Stories about Inventors Plus How You Can Be One Yourself

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In these first-person stories, readers discover the problems and frustrations of 20 young inventors and learn what motivated them and how they solved their problems. Step-by-step instructions on how to become an inventor are included and up-to-date information about inventors' associations and organizations are provided. Photos.

Examines twenty young female inventors and their creations, from Jennifer Donabar and her electric lock ...

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Overview

In these first-person stories, readers discover the problems and frustrations of 20 young inventors and learn what motivated them and how they solved their problems. Step-by-step instructions on how to become an inventor are included and up-to-date information about inventors' associations and organizations are provided. Photos.

Examines twenty young female inventors and their creations, from Jennifer Donabar and her electric lock to Jeanie Low and her kiddie stool.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jyotsna Sreenivasan
This book made me want to invent something. At age 6, Kellyann Coors invented a blinking tooth fairy light for children to put in their windows, so the tooth fairy wouldn't miss their house! As a college student, Karen Schlangen invented something a little more practical: a new kind of umbrella that won't flip inside out, that folds flat, and that allows the user to stand under the exact center of the umbrella. I'll be in line to buy this umbrella once Karen finishes licensing her patent to a company. The girls in this book have also invented an adjustable broom, a self-draining swimming pool cover, a floor mat that vacuums the bottom of your shoes as you step on it, and a way for computers to recognize speech. The book includes a how-to section to help kids get started inventing, how to get a patent (which many of the girls and women in this book have done), and a list of women inventors throughout history. This is a wonderful book to help kids put on their thinking caps, get creative, and solve problems.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This inspirational collection of stories focuses on the lives of twenty young female inventors and their inventions. These fascinating first-person accounts describe how each inventor came up with her idea, who helped her, what problems she faced, and how she solved her problems. This remarkable book also contains information about the invention process, tips for keeping an inventor's notebook, facts about female inventors in history, quotations about inventing and creativity, information about inventor associations and organizations, and a list of books for further reading.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-When Jennifer Donabar invented an electronic lock and made it to the regional competition in the ``Invent America!'' contest, she was surprised to find she was the only girl competing at her level. Here, however, she is in the company of 19 other young women who describe their inventions and the steps they took in making them. The black-and-white sketches and photos of their creations are worth the proverbial 1000 words, but the photos of the young people themselves are worth even more. Readers see that to be an inventor one does not need a sophisticated lab (or a mustache!). The authors provide specific steps to becoming an inventor: from brainstorming for an idea through patenting and marketing the final product. The last section of the book lists important female inventors throughout history and associations to contact for further information and inspiration.-Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915793891
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Girls and Young Women Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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