Invention For Good

identify the problem

For this challenge, you will invent something that will make someone else’s life better. It could be a tool, device, machine, etc. that helps someone somewhere with something! A good inventor understands who their invention is for and what challenge or problem it solves. To help with this challenge you will learn about the “Design Thinking Process” – a process for creative problem solving. Design Thinking is used by individuals in many different careers. It can help identify complex problems and help individuals create innovative solutions. It encourages learning about your customer/user and encourages invention through experimentation. So obverse the world around you, identify a problem and start developing creative solutions!
A prototype is design tool which is used to help create a new product/concept. In the basic form it is a model that represents what the product will look and feel like. Prototypes do not have to be “working” meaning they could just be used to help tell the story of your product (invention).

design a solution

01. Generate an idea. A good inventor understands the needs of who they are making the invention for. What matters for the person I am making this for? What problem am I solving? Brainstorm ideas. To help with an idea check out sharpen.design/stem, a really cool STEM design challenge generator.
02. Design and build a prototype. Using materials you have laying around build a rough prototype of your invention. Use craft materials, recyclables, building blocks, sticks, etc. get creative and be resourceful! Remember – It does not need to work, just needs to be a physical representation to help understand the concept and purpose. See examples above.
03. Share your idea. Film a short (Max 2 min video) pitch of your invention. Include details like who is it for, what problem does it solve, etc. Have fun! Upload/share your video to twitter, facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to tag us!

get inspired

sharpen.design/stem