The Invention Cycle

7 Steps to the Invention Process

  • Identify a problem or need | Use your power of observation | Think about the needs of others (Think it)
  • Conduct research (Research it)
  • Make sketches (Sketch it)
  • Create prototypes (Build it)
  • Try the invention (Test it)
  • Tweak/Refine the invention and Retest (Tweak it)
  • Convince others that your invention meets a need (Sell it)

20 Steps to a Successful Invention

As you work on your invention, consider following these steps and taking notes as you do:

  1. What problem are you trying to solve?
  2. What is the result you are trying to achieve?
  3. What are some possible solutions and which one did you choose to do?
  4. Has this solution been done before?
  5. Make a drawing of the invention.
  6. What problems might you encounter with this design?
  7. How will you fix those problems?
  8. Repeat steps 5 to 7 until you have a design that you think will work.
  9. What parts and materials will you need to make the invention?
  10. Where will you get those parts and materials?
  11. What additional skills will you need to make the invention?
  12. Who can help you do those activities?
  13. Get the parts, materials, and build the invention with help.
  14. Test and evaluate the invention.
  15. Identify any problems with the invention.
  16. Repeat steps 5 to 15, until the invention works as planned.
  17. Name the invention.
  18. Plan and create the Invention Display Board.
  19. Practice what you will say about your invention to participants and judges.
  20. Be proud of what you have done!!!!

Ideas for Naming Your Invention

Some creative, attention getting techniques you can use, are:

  • Alliteration (using the same first letters or sounds): “Kit Kat”
  • Rhyming: “Light Bright”
  • Alternative spelling: “Sno Bal”
  • Using numbers in the name: “Super Clean 3000”
  • Describing the function of the invention: “Hydro-Blast”

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