Students Young Inventors

Patent and Trademark Resource Center logoKids Page (USPTO) - Fun and interesting patent and invention information for kids. Also provides links to other U.S. government websites for kids.

Collegiate Inventors Competition - A national competition administrated by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for college students designed to encourage activity in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and creative invention and stimulate problem-solving abilities.

Spirit of Innovation Challenge - The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an annual competition that challenges high school student teams to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to develop commercially-viable, technology-based products that address real-world issues. It is the Conrad Foundation’s flagship program. The Conrad Foundation was founded by Nancy Conrad, in 2008 and is based on the legacy of the late Apollo 12 astronaut and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad.

The Faces of Science - Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.

Greatest Inventions - The Evolution of Man through History - This site covers a number of popular inventions through history from the 15th to the 20th century. Inventions include a variety of items - from aspirin, blue jeans and the electric battery, to Legos, the refrigerator and the zipper. Users can search by timeline, inventor or invention.

Index of Black Inventors by State or Country of Residence, 1834-2008 - A searchable and sortable spreadsheet database of Black inventors viewable in Microsoft Excel compiled by Margaret J. Collins, Springfield PTDL Representative, Illinois State Library (no longer a PTDL/PTRC), and formatted for Microsoft Excel by Eileen Fischlschweiger, Fort Lauderdale PTRC Representative, Broward County Main Library. This is one of the many useful resources found at the Patent and Trademark Depository Library Association (PTDLA) website.

The Invention Dimension (The Lemelson-MIT Awards Program) - Several awards programs all designed "to inspire a new generation of American scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs by celebrating, through awards and educational activities, living role models in these fields."

Inventure Place, National Inventors Hall of Fame - National Inventors Hall of Fame: programs and activities, searching for information on the inventors in the hall of fame, and information on Camp Invention.

Thomas A. Edison Papers - Information about the life of Thomas Edison, his patents, companies, etc.

Trademark Soundex (from the USPTO Kids Pages) – MP3 or WAV files of many trademarks that are embodied in sound. Registered and pending trademarks are available for listening.

U.S. Trademark History Timeline - A website from the Houston PTRC giving an historical look at trademarks in U.S. history. The timeline also includes a look at the use of identifying marks from prehistoric times to the modern age.

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