Every invention begins as an idea and goes through a series of stages. We call these stages the design process. Each stage is explained on this page. Work your way through the design process to turn your idea into reality.
What problem do I want to solve?
How can I make something easier to do?
Do things already exist to solve that problem?
Sketch out several ideas for solutions to the problem. The more ideas the better.
Pick one idea and create a detailed blueprint of your design. You may want to include measurements, labels, and different views.
Build a prototype (model) of your design. It can be a working model or just a representation of how your device would work.
Create a tri-fold display which outlines the steps you took to create your invention (ask, imagine, plan, create).