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YIP 2020 Northern New England Invention Convention

2020 Northern New England Invention Convention

July 1, 2020

Celebrating Youth Innovation The 2020 Northern New England Invention Convention (NNE-IC) took to the internet for the first time in our nearly 40 years of youth innovation. Our original plan was to host the event on March 28th for 750+ people at Southern New Hampshire University. When the inevitable decision came to cancel the in-person…

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Young Inventor Arthur Zhang with AWARE

Kid Inventor Friday Features Arthur Zhang

June 26, 2020

YIP’s Arthur Zhang Featured by The Henry Ford We were honored to participate in The Henry Ford‘s Kid Inventor Friday to feature Arthur Zhang and his award winning invention, A.W.A.R.E. (AI Enabled Web of Sensors for Anticipation of Ruinous Events). About Arthur Arthur, rising junior from Winchester, MA, says that he has been creating his…

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Peeps for Peep Parachute Challenge

Peep Parachute Engineering | YIP@HOME

April 24, 2020

Engineer a Peep Parachute This YIP@HOME Challenge is all about testing and playing around with things that don’t work. It’s also about realizing that an experiment that doesn’t work the way you thought it would isn’t really a failure. For this activity, you will test and re-test your engineering and design skills as you design…

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SCAMPER Brainstorming List

Design Cool Kitchen Tools with Brainstorming | YIP@HOME

April 8, 2020

How do you brainstorm new ideas? Learn how inventors come up with new ideas using the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. brainstorming technique. Each letter stands for a way to rethink or think up ideas for your design.   Watch Tina White, Director of the Young Inventors’ Program and her friend Thomas use S.C.A.M.P.E.R. to design cool kitchen tools.…

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Build a Better Pencil YIP@HOME

Build a Better Pencil | YIP@HOME

March 30, 2020

How would you build a better pencil? Join Tina White, Director of the Young Inventors’ Program, and her friend Thomas as they explore ways to build a better pencil and challenge YOU to make one of your own. Tina will also share the invention story for Coca Cola. See below for lesson plan and materials.…

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