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:
- What problem are you trying to solve?
- What is the result you are trying to achieve?
- What are some possible solutions and which one did you choose to do?
- Has this solution been done before?
- Make a drawing of the invention.
- What problems might you encounter with this design?
- How will you fix those problems?
- Repeat steps 5 to 7 until you have a design that you think will work.
- What parts and materials will you need to make the invention?
- Where will you get those parts and materials?
- What additional skills will you need to make the invention?
- Who can help you do those activities?
- Get the parts, materials, and build the invention with help.
- Test and evaluate the invention.
- Identify any problems with the invention.
- Repeat steps 5 to 15, until the invention works as planned.
- Name the invention.
- Plan and create the Invention Display Board.
- Practice what you will say about your invention to participants and judges.
- 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”