Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster – Inventions

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor


Here’s a list of a few famous inventions, and their uses in our world today.

Aerosol Spray Can – this concept originated as early as 1790, and is used today for hairspray cans, as well as cleaning products like Lysol foaming cleansers.

Air Bag – This was invented in 1973 by GM, and is used today in every new car on the road today. When drivers and passengers get in a car crash, air bags deploy to protect humans against serious head and body injuries.

Air Conditioning – invented by Willis Carrier, air conditioning is in many homes and public buildings like malls and restaurants to help keep us cool during hot summer days.

Anemometer – invented in 1450 by Leon Battista Alberti, an Italian artist and architect, this device measures wind speed.

Aspirin – formed from part of the willow plant, aspirin’s pain relieving properties were discovered as early as the 5th century BC by Hippocrates. Today, aspirin is used by people worldwide to relieve headaches, muscle aches, and many other aches and pains in our bodies.

Ball Point Pen – invented by Ladislo Biro in 1938, ballpoint pens can be found and are used worldwide as many people’s pen of choice.

Band-Aid – invented by Earle Dickson in 1920, this piece of cloth and soft plastic is used to cover owies and boo-boos and protect them from infection.

Basketball – a game played worldwide, this sport was invented by James Naismith in 1891.

Hair Brush – there is no single inventor for this globally-used product, because it was used by early humans 2.5 million years ago!

Magnetic Compass – the earliest known compasses date back to the Han Dynasty in China (2nd Century BC – 2nd Century AD). They were made from lodestone, a magnetic ore. Interestingly, the compass was used not for navigational purposes, but rather for divination (Feng Shui) to determine the placement of buildings and other structures.