Lesson 3: I am a Problem Seeker
Ready to practice the next habit of INVENTORS? Think about all the devices and objects you used coming to school today. A few might be:
Velcro on your shoes
The list goes on and on! All of these items were invented by an INVENTOR because there was a need to solve a problem for each of them. What is the need for the . . .
Alarm clock? To get up from bed on time
Microwave? To heat up your favorite food or drink
Velcro? To attach your shoe snuggly around your foot
Backpack? To have an easy way to carry your books and other school items
INVENTORS are very aware of problems they see and problems others experience.
We are going to practice looking at problems from different perspectives. Your teacher will give you a frame to decorate and we will use it as we look at a variety of problems.
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Good job practicing looking at problems from different perspectives! Can you contine to look at problems that need to be solved in your school? Home? Your favorite sporting event? Your favorite hobby? The opportunities to identify problems are endless!
Problem: Abbey was 8 years old when she noticed her parents struggle with soaking up bacon fat after cooking.
Solution: She realized that it might be easier to hang bacon while it cooks- that way you wouldn’t need paper towels and it would even make the bacon healthier. She then worked with her father to design a microwave-safe dish that hangs bacon while it cooks. They patented her idea in 1993 and landed a distribution deal with Walmart the following year.
Problem: When Alana was a young girl she went to the bank with her dad. He would not allow her to receive the sucker they gave out to kids due to the sugar and how it causes cavities. Alana was so disappointed that she turned her anger into action. Solution: Alana created sugar free "Zollipops" and you can now find them in stores. Now Alana is smiling!
Problem: Meet Samuel Houghten. When he was 5 years old he noticed his dad using two brooms at a time. One broom was very large items and one was for dust particles.
Solution: Samuel joined two brooms together to make one to solve the problem his dad experienced when having to hold two brooms. He is the youngest patent holder. A patent is a way to protect your idea and invention so no one can steal it.
Now let's say this word together . . .
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . EMPATHY
It is good to know how to pronounce this word, but it is even better to know what this word means. Let's get some help from our Sesame Street friend, Murray.
EMPATHY means to care for and understand others' feelings.