What Have Children Invented?


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There have been numerous inventions by children throughout history, from everyday toys to life-changing creations. These inventions include the Braille system, the trampoline and the Popsicle.

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What Have Children Invented?
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Louis Braille, a young French boy, was accidentally blinded in one eye at age three, and a disease caused him to lose sight in the other eye at age five. Ten years later, Braille invented his own reading and writing language made of dots. The Braille system is now used around the world and has given blind people the gift of reading.

In 1930, 16-year-old George Nissen watched a traveling circus show and thought that it would be cool if performers could bounce back up in the air and continue their tricks. Four years later, while on the University of Iowa's gymnastics team, Nissen and his coach perfected the fun contraption that he had imagined years earlier, which he later named "trampoline," after the Spanish word for diving board.

In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson of San Francisco mixed soda powder and water in a cup and stirred it with a wooden stick. The next morning, after leaving the mixture on his cold porch all night, Epperson discovered a sweet treat. Popsicles have been a summer staple ever since.

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