When one thinks of inventors, one typically forms an image of a Thomas Edison or a Henry Ford: adults who made fame and fortune through their inventions. One may also have more ambiguous images of adults who had clever ideas but for one reason or another achieved neither fame nor fortune. These adults may get the label of tinkerer, oddball, or “ahead of his time.” Regardless of whether the adult was successful or not, the constant image is the adult (typically a male adult). It is rare that one's image of the inventor is a child. Yet children and adolescents do invent. Because inventiveness is a talent not usually identified and nourished in the traditional curriculum of schools, it is important to promote inventiveness ...

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