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Inspiring Inventions by Kids

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Uploaded on Apr 30, 2009

Cassidy Goldstein was 11 years old when she discovered she had a problem coloring with her broken crayons. Due to her weak hand grasp, she wasn't able hold the broken pieces of crayon. Cassidy's solution? Create an adaptive crayon holder to make the crayon easier to use. Cassidy didn't realize she was about to design a low-tech assistive technology device. In other words, a piece of equipment that adapts an item to make it easier for people to use, including a wide variety of people with special needs or disabilities.

It just so happenened that her father had bought her mother some roses for Valentine's Day. Each rose had been purchased in a plastic tube filled with water to transport them home. Her dad had thrown the plastic tubes away. Those plastic tubes became Cassie's inspiration. She fetched them from the waste basket and inserted a broken crayon into a tube. While it wasn't a perfect fit, it was the birth of an idea - the crayon holder.

Cassidy's father, Norman Goldstein, was so impressed with her ingenuity and her invention he created By Kids For Kids, a company dedicated to inspiring kids to use their imaginations. Today, kids from all around the country submit their inventions to BKFK. And like Cassie's adaptive crayon holder, many of the kids inventions are designed to help kids with a wide variety of special needs and disabilities.

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