Kid Inventors’ Day
January 17, 2024
Pretend City Children’s Museum is hosting the Kid Inventor’s Day Convention! Inventors ages 0-18 showcase their inventions as they inspire new ideas within the next generation. At 10:30 AM, we will start of the convention with the Upcycled Creation Station with Child Creativity Lab.
About the play partner: Child Creativity Lab/ Chenise Hardy
KID INVENTORS’ TABLES:
TABLE 1 (TIME: 2-4p):
Avaleen Gutierrez and her Lego Creations
Mom: Yasmeen Gutierrez
Synopsis: Based on Avaleen’s love of legos, starburst candies and gum-ball machines, Avaleen wanted to bring these three passions together. With her handy Genius Lego Inventions book, she found the perfect Lego invention that uses various Lego pieces to build a tabletop candy vending mechanism that can distribute starburst candy one piece at a time. The mechanism uses a gear rack, which is a gear that is spread out in a line as opposed to having the usual round shape. A gear rack allows the mechanism to convert circular motion into lateral (side-to-side) motion. Once the teeth of the internal gear connect with the gear rack, and as it turns, the gear rack slides forward pushing a piece of candy out of the candy machine!
TABLE 2 (TIME: 2:30-4p)
Alexander Chiou, age 7
“Feeling Forecaster”: When you don’t feel like talking about how you feel to other people, you press the buttons, and it’ll express your feelings for you. You wear it on your arm.
TABLE 3 (TIME: TBD):
Stefan the Builder/Inventor
TABLE 4 (TIME TBD):
Glove Wrap (Dad: Jon)
TABLE 5 (TIME: 2-4p)
Stefan, age 5
“The Flying McVehicle Water Retriever:” The Flying McVehicle Water Retriever searches for drinking water. It flies and has a drill. In case you run out of water, it can find water, even drill for it and return it to people.
Quote: “I like inventing because I like to make things. It makes me super duper happy! It’s hard to put things together, but the easiest part is coming up with new ideas.”