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Kid Inventors
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     challenging words:    earth-shattering, xerox, cerebral, palsy, therapy, supplied, provided, battery, aquarium, jealousy, easily, hardship, cooler, jobs, wool, patent
     content words:    Robert Patch, Krysta Morlan, Duracell/NSTA Scholarship Competition, Chester Greenwood, Champion Ear Protectors, World War


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Kid Inventors
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: K.K. Gregory, inventor of Wristies.
 
2     How old do you have to be to invent something? Could a ten-year-old be an inventor? If you don't think so, don't tell Robert Patch. He was only six when he invented a toy truck. It was meant to be assembled by kids. It had several different parts. When kids put the parts together in different ways, they could make different kinds of trucks. Robert was given a patent for his idea. He was the youngest person ever to hold a U.S. patent.
 
3     K.K. Gregory is another kid inventor. When she was ten (in 1994), she made her invention, a kind of finger-less gloves she called Wristies. She got the idea while playing outside in the snow in Bedford, Massachusetts. Her wrists hurt because they were cold. She made a warm finger-less glove that covered the gap between her mittens and her coat sleeve. It helped to kept her hands and arms warm. She could wear them under her coat and mittens and stay warmer. She shared her idea with a few other people, and they liked it.

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