With Thanksgiving upon us, it seemed a good time to look back at some powerful young minds we’re all thankful for. Let’s face it, kids have amazing minds. In one moment, they seem to have infinite wisdom that could only be native in an old soul, and in the next, they’re trying on your too-big high heels and singing like they’re on Broadway. Although we try to stay as creative, imaginative, and playful as we were as kids, there’s no mistaking the mind of someone who hasn’t yet experienced the weight of the world.
Take peek at what some kids both historically and recently, created, and invented.
Robert Patch was just like any 6-year-old kid, he liked to play with toy trucks. He wanted a toy truck that could convert into different types of vehicles, so he took some shoe boxes, bottle caps, and nails, and invented a make-shift truck in 1963. It could be a flat bed or a dump truck, depending on the position of the axels. Luckily, his father was a patent attorney and recognized that his son’s design could be patentable. Although he received a lot of publicity from his invention, he never tried to sell it or become famous. Robert Patch held the record for the youngest person to gain a United States patent until a few years ago.
Chester Greenwood had enough of his ears getting chilly in the cold Maine wind. He enjoyed going ice skating with his friends but didn’t enjoy the internal freeze and chapped ears that were a side effect. In 1873, at the age of 15, he asked his grandmother to sew tufts of fur between loops of wire. His patent was for improved ear protectors, and he manufactured his product for years, both improving lives and creating jobs for people in his area for nearly 60 years. Chester Greenwood Day is celebrated in Maine with a parade on the first Saturday of December every year.
Ever invent a language? Louis Braille did. He was blind in both eyes as a result of an early childhood accident in his father’s workshop. However, he didn’t accept his blindness as a disability, but rather something that enabled him to help others. While being educated at France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth, he developed Braille, a tactile code that allowed blind people to communicate effectively through reading and writing. In 1824, at the age of 15, he presented his work to his peers and over the next decades, developed the language into what it is today.
Personally I cannot wait to what the young minds of the internet age will come up with.