What a Great Idea!

February 17, 2017
benjamin rakotoarisoa

Inventors create or build new things to help make our lives better. Take a look at five cool new inventions. Which is your favorite?

BENJAMIN RAKOTOARISOA

A Special Sweet Potato

Kids in parts of Africa don’t get enough vitamin A. It is important for good health. So scientists grew a special sweet potato. It has lots of vitamin A. It tastes good, too!

LUCAS ZAREBINSKI FOR TIME

Kids Step Up

The UNICEF Kid Power Band lets kids in the U.S. get points for exercising. The kids trade the points for food. UNICEF sends the food to hungry kids in other countries.

LUCAS ZAREBINSKI FOR TIME

A Bright Idea

Flyte is a new kind of lightbulb. It can float by using electricity and magnets. It also spins around!

BETTER SHELTER

Better Shelter

A furniture company invented these houses. The pieces for them can be sent in the mail! They are easy to build.

LUCAS ZAREBINSKI FOR TIME

Built to Play

Most mechanical body parts are not fun. But Iko is. Kids who are missing an arm or a hand will like Iko. It can be used with Legos, like this rocket ship.

Think!

Why do people invent things?

Ben Franklin’s Experiment

Ben Franklin had an idea that lightning was electricity. He needed to prove his idea. Read about the steps he took. Then answer the questions.

ILLUSTRATIONS BY MATT COLLINS FOR TIME FOR KIDS

1. Franklin saw ways that lightning and electricity were alike. What is one way? 

2. What items did Franklin use to test his idea?