Raising an Inventor- Michelle Fishburne Lewis | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
By the time my daughter was 14 years old, she had invented two life-saving devices and had one patent and one pending. People often ask how I “raised an inventor.” The real question, however, is: “Why doesn’t everyone understand that inventing is just a form of problem-solving that results in a physical solution?”

When my daughter, Alexis, started inventing as a young kid, I dismissed her creations as anything important. My teachers had taught me that inventors were geniuses like Edison, Bell, and Tesla. They also taught me that you need all those years of book learning in high school and college before you can do anything important like inventing something.

Alexis shattered that myth when she looked at me one day and said, “Mom, inventing is just problem-solving that results in a physical solution. I don’t understand why people think it’s so amazing. Inventing is human; we all can do it.”