Some inventors work their whole lives to contribute something of note to society, and plenty of them come up short. On the other side of the coin, these kids stumbled upon these genius inventions and made their mark on humanity before they could even legally vote.
Louis Braille, who went blind when he was just 3, used a military code designed for reading in the dark as a starting point and invented braille, which he published in 1829.
In 1905, 11-year-old Frank Epperson was trying to engineer a new kind of soda, but left it on his freezing cold porch with the stirrer inside. In the morning, Epperson was inspired by his accidental creation and patented the Popsicle (first called the “Epsicle.”
“Hey Philo Farnsworth, what did you do when you were 14? Oh, just invented television while you were plowing a potato farm? That’s pretty cool. When I was 14, I fell off a roof while trying to reach a Koosh ball I threw up there.”
George Nissen, a 16-year-old gymnast, came up with the idea for the trampoline in 1930. He wasn’t able to develop a prototype though until 1934, which he patented three years later.
The inventor of flippers strapped circular implements to his hands and feet at the age of only 11. His name was Benjamin Franklin, and we’re not sure if he did anything of note after that.
Not only did 6-year-old Robert Patch invent the first toy truck, the design he used allowed it transform into different vehicles. That’s right, the first toy truck was also (kind of) a transformer.
The first snowmobile was mocked up when 15-year-old Joseph-Armand Bombardier attached a sled to his father’s Model T motor. Fifteen years later the first snowmobile hit stores.
Colorado 17-year-old Ryan Patterson invented a glove that would track the sign language of its wearer and translate it onto a display or audibly recite it.