Ino-ventive Thinking
Step 1: Are you an inventor?
How do you think inventors get their ideas?
How do you think they make their ideas become real?”

Look at all the different objects in the classroom. Every object they see has been invented by someone, and all the inventions have what is called a “patent.” The government gives patents to people who invent new discoveries, and every patent has a patent number.

List all the inventions you discover by looking around. Consider these objects as creative innovations, as well as functional objects. So what can you conclude about creative innovations as it relates to function?

Step 2: Your Turn, Practice being and INVENTOR
Just like riding a bike or learning to draw, thinking inventively takes practice.  When practicing inventive thinking, there are many tools you can use to jumpstart your ideas.


Lets look at the SCAMPER technique. Review below then lets use this method to find many new uses for a familiar object (such as a paper plate).

Substitute What else instead? Other material?
Combine
How about a blend of two ideas or purposes?
Adapt What else is like this? What could I copy?
Minify Order, form, shape? Make it smaller? Miniature? Parts reduced?
Magnify
Greater frequency?
Higher? Longer? Thicker? What to add? More time?
Put to other uses New ways to use as is? Other
places to use?
Eliminate What to subtract? Condense?
Reverse Interchange components?
Rearrange Turn it backward? Turn it upside-down?

Step 3: Find a Problem to Solve
 
You are one step closer to becoming an inventor!  Brainstorming is a process of creative thinking used by an individual or by a group of people to generate numerous ideas. Brainstorming is the most important element in each of the stages of inventive thinking. Brainstorming comes with a number of rules.  Such as no reasonable idea is a bad idea.

Finding the Problem: Make a list of at least 5 problems that need solving. Select one problem to solve using the
steps below. Use these brainstorming technique and focus on capturing lots of ideas.

a. Analyze the situation by writing out the problem in 1 or 2 sentences.
b. Think of many, varied, and unusual ways of solving the problem by listing the possibilities (2 or more). Be sure to allow even the silliest possible solution. Creative thinking must have a positive, accepting environment in order to flourish.
c.  Finally, select the one solution that you think is the best.

** Possible other way to come up with an idea: Invent from your Favorites

Imagine four of your favorite things: your favorite game or object, your favorite place, your  favorite food, and your
favorite color. Then write those four favorites down, by describing in words or by drawing each of these items on your screen.

Now, think about how you could combine your favorites creatively. For example, if your favorite toy is a video game and your favorite place is the beach, you might invent a similar game that uses the beach as a location and your favorite color
as the color on the video screen. Try to be original as possible, and think creatively.

Now draw your new invention. Write down a name for your new idea and explain how you combined your favorites and what the invention does.

Step 4: NAME your Invention
An invention can be named in one of the following ways:

1. Name it for what it does. HINT: Play with the words until you find a catchy way to put them together. Examples: hairbrush, toaster oven, earmuffs.

2. Name it for its parts. HINT: Play with the words until you find a way to put them together to make a two- or three-word name. Examples: windshield wipers, liquid soap.

3. Name it after yourself. Examples: Ford (for Henry Ford), Braille (for Louis Braille), Leviʼs® (for Levi Strauss).

4. Name it with fun or repeating sounds. Examples: Hula Hoop®, Lotto, Kleenex®, XEROX®, Mattel®.

5. Name it with initials. HINT: Try out some initials—yours or ones that use the words you have written about the invention. Examples: IBM, IKEA, GE, BKFK.


Flash Website
Time to tell me about your invention.  You will create a 4 page FLASH/ Weebly website.  Each page will have a "special effect" done in FLASH.  It might just be the title, paragraph or a picture that does some special effect.  I will leave it up to you.  Be sure to spell check your work before you post it.  FLASH will not underline words in red if misspelled.

Page 1: Overview:

Give an overview of what the product or service does.  Be sure to explain what one can expect of the product.  Include all benefits of the product or service includes.  This should be one paragraph.  Include a picture.



Page 2: Key Feature

Describe one or more key feature that really makes your product special and how that key feature works and enhances the product.  Be very specific how one might use this feature.  It might be the size of the object that makes it special or the weight or the ability to take long range pictures.


Page 3: Pricing

What is the basic pricing structure for each product/service?  Be sure to list the features for each product and its price.


Page 4: Contact Info

Include:

 

Company name

Address

Phone Number

Facebook and Twitter links

Email address

and

When the product will be available for purchase.