As an inventor, I frequently get asked the same three questions. What did you invent? How did you come up with your ideas? And how does one become an inventor? The truth is inventing isn't rocket science. . . well it isn't ALWAYS rocket science. Anybody can be an inventor. All you need is a little creativity and the ability to persevere.
At first, nobody took my inventions seriously. When I told my 3rd grade teacher about how I planned to enter my invention in the science fair, she just snickered and told me not to bother. She said, “Nobody ever wins the science fair.” I didn't listen and entered the science fair anyway. I lost, but that didn't stop me. The next year I entered a new invention, Collar Cam. Collar Cam is a dog collar with a specially designed camera built-in so you can see what your dog sees. One year's worth of hard work paid off, and that year I won the science fair and proved my teacher wrong.
How did I come up with a winning idea? Well as Plato said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Inspiration comes from problems that either affect me or the people around me. Take for example my invention, the Burn Free Oven Mitt. The Burn Free Oven Mitt is a unique oven mitt with built-in cooking tools such as a pair of tongs or a spatula. I came up with this idea after I saw my aunt burn her hand because it wasn't protected from hot splattering grease.
The two main ingredients for being an inventor are creativity and perseverance. If you come up with an idea that seems impossible at first, stick with it and keep trying until it works. As my hero, Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
—Nicholas Fornario, Kid Inventor
Nicholas is the grand prize winner of the 2008 Akitas to Zebras Animal Challenge, sponsored by the Weather Channel. His winning idea Clean and Safe Pet Dish is a combination of dog or cat food and water bowl. Nicholas is a prolific kid inventor who has more than 20 inventions under his belt! Nicholas says that his inventions are to “help pets, seniors, kids and everybody else.”