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Kids as Inventors
Books about Making and Makerspaces
3D Printing
  • 3D Pens
Historical Biography Pages about Women in Science
Historical Biography Pages about African American Inventors


Kids As Inventors


Meet the 11 Year-old Girl Who Invented Water-Testing Device
  • Named her device Tethys, Greek Goddess of clean water
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Meet the 11 Year-old Who Invented a Healthy Lollipop
  • Created Zollipops, the Clean Teeth, Anti-Cavity Lollipop

10 Great Inventions Dreamt Up By Children
  • Frank Epperson started selling Popsicles in 1922, an item he first created in 1905
    • 60 million popsicles were sold in the United States in 1928

Crazy Kids' Inventions Turned into Real Products

Picture Books for Little Inventors and Engineers. Titles include:
  • Violet the Pilot
  • Papa's Mechanical Fish
  • Anything is Possible
  • Galimoto
  • Coopernickel the Invention


Can Toys Create Future Engineers? The New Yorker (December 12, 2013)


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What Do You Do with an Idea? Kobi Yamada. Illustrated by Mae Besom. Compendium, 2014
  • See also What Do You Do with an Problem?

Rosie Revere, Engineer. Andrea Beaty. Illustrated by David Roberts. Henry N. Adrams, 2013
  • See also Ada Twist, Scientist & Iggy Peck, Architect


Three Little Pigs. David Wiesner. Clarion Books, 2001.
  • Imaginative retelling of what happens to the pigs and the houses they constructed


Smithsonian Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects: Build, Invent, Create, Discover. Jack Challoner. DK Children, 2015


Paper Inventions: Machines That Move, Drawings That Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold, and Roll. Kathy Ceceri, Maker Media, 2015

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create and Make. Colleen Graves, McGraw-Hill, 2016

Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came To Be. Charlotte Foltz Jones. Illustrated by John O'Brien. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1994

3D printed Elephant.  Image by C13m3n7
3D printed Elephant. Image by C13m3n7

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Why Makerspaces Give Kids Space to Fail and Why That's a Good Thing


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Mix and Match Makerspace Challenges





3D Printing


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There (Very) Young Inventors Using 3D Printing to Change the World. Popular Science (April 4, 2017)

Cool 3D Printed Toys: 11 Ideas for Children of All Ages. ALL3DP (July 1, 2017)

This Girl Designed Her Own Superhero Prosthetic Arm, and It Shoots Sparkles. Fast Company (March 28, 2016)


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15 Best 3D Pens for Kids & Artists/2017. AvatarGeneration

3D Doodler Smart Video




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Mary Anderson Invented the Windshield Wiper

Historical Biography Pages for Women in Science


Mary Anning, Fossil Finder and Paleontologist

Grace Hopper, Computer Pioneer

Caroline Herschel, Astronomer

Barbara McClintock, Botanist, Geneticist, Scientist




Benjamin Banneker- Surveyor-Inventor-Astronome
Benjamin Banneker- Surveyor-Inventor-Astronome


Historical Biography Pages for African American Inventors

Benjamin Banneker

Elijah McCoy

George Washington Carver

Granville T. Woods

Sarah Elizabeth Goode