Kid Inventors' Day (K.I.D.)

Celebrate the ingenuity and value of young inventors on KID INVENTORS' DAY.

Credit: Erik (HASH) Hersman from Orlando [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons []

Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for Kid Inventors Day (K.I.D.). Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.

William Kamkwamba was 14 when he invented a windmill that generated electricity. Many of our most famous inventors began inventing when they were kids. Other young inventors may not be as well known... yet!

William Kamkwamba

By: Dorothy Lie

William Kamkwamba built his first windmill from junkyard scraps at age 14 to help his struggling family farm in Malawi.

MY HERO's 2023 Youth Activist

Jahkil Jackson

By: Abigail Richardson
A Young Philanthropist Making a Big Difference

60 Sec Docs with Jahkil Jackson

By: 60 Sec docs
Jahkil Jackson from Chicago is the founder of Project I Am, an organization raising awareness about homelessness.

News Stories

Want to invent the next big thing? Think like a kid.

Shubham Banerjee works on his lego robotics braille printer at home, Jan. 6, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Banerjee launched a company to develop a low-cost machine to print braille materials for the blind. It’s based on a prototype he built with his Lego robotics kit for a school science fair project. Last month, tech giant Intel Corp. invested in his startup, Braigo Labs, making the 8th grader the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital funding.
Credit: Marcio Jose Sanches/AP

Meet the 11-year-old inventor working to improve lead water testing.

Last month, Gitanjali Rao earned the top prize at the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challen
Credit: (Courtesy of Andy King/Discovery Education)


Caine's Arcade

Produced by:Nirvan Mullick

Caine Munroy created a working cardboard arcade in his father's garage.

Charles Ofori Antipem

Cheikh Darou Seck

Chales Antipem invented a science set to help African students engage in scientific experiments.

The Secret of Trees

Produced by:Albert Maysles
What do trees know that we don't? 13-year-old inventor Aiden set out to find out.

GE FOCUS FORWARD / Short films, Big Ideas

Produced by:CINELAN
GE FOCUS FORWARD uses short documentaries to highlight innovators who are striving to make a positive impact on our future.


Dorcas Lukwesa’s Mobile, Sustainable Farms

By: Abigail Richardson

Quinn Callander

By: Shanelle Felipe
Quinn Callander is a 13-year-old who invented protective gear for face masks, helping healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kelly Reinhart - The TPak | Consumer Devices

By: The Lemelson-MIT Program

Louis Braille

By: Hridank S.

When he was 15, Louis Braille invented a reading language for the blind, consisting of raised dots, that is now referred to as Braille.

Ben Franklin

By: Andrew F.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S., created swim flippers (used on the hands) at age 12.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier

By: Vanessa from Casselman

Bombardier invented in the first snowmobile at age 15 in Canada.

Listen & Read Along

Louis Braille

By: Brett from San Diego
Louis Braille invented a system of writing and reading used by blind people all over the world.

Temple Grandin

By: Kobie from Riley
Temple has spent her life studying autism and shares her knowledge and insights to help others.

External Links

Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Visit the MY HERO Calendar

Share Your Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.

Submit your artwork to be entered in the MY HERO art contest or to be exhibited on our Gallery Homepage.

Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.

Organizer created on 12/16/2015 1:37:05 PM by Becky Miller

Last edited 12/11/2023 12:44:56 PM by Abigail Richardson