Anyone can be an inventor — even you! Just follow these three instructions, and submit your invention in this month’s “My Edition” contest for a chance to win a free limited edition “My Edition” T-shirt.
1. Identify a problem. This is the easy part. Problems, both small and large, exist all around you in the world in which you live. Your job is to find just one that you would like to solve. For example, consider the story of the Ostrich Pillow. What is the problem behind this invention? The lights and noises of a crowded airport prevent a tired traveler from taking a nap.
2. Plan a solution. This part may be a little tricky, but you can do it! Think about your problem and what needs to happen for it to be solved. The solution doesn’t need to be major or complex. More often than not, the most remarkable inventions are the simplest (think of the wheel). Can’t sleep because you’re uncomfortable and there’s too much going on around you? How about a pillow that puts you in your own little world?
3. Execute your invention. Some inventions are difficult or impossible to make without the proper tools and resources — that’s why you have the option for this contest to create an imaginary invention rather than building a real one. Just write one to three paragraphs about the problem your imaginary invention solves, what it looks like and how you would make it if it was real. Or, if you do have the tools and resources to create something solid, do so and take a picture of it, as well as write a paragraph or so about it.
How to enter: Send your entry, along with your name, grade, school, phone number, mailing address and preferred T-shirt size to: email@example.com or The Abington Journal My Edition, 211 South State St., Clarks Summit, PA, 18411. All entries must be received by Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. If your invention is selected as a winner, your name and contest entry will appear in the December “My Edition” and you will receive a free T-shirt. (Preferred T-shirt size not guaranteed. Sizes available while they last.) This contest is open to ages 18 and younger, with parental/guardian permission.