SPARKS:2001 V1/Q2

Hats off to Inventors! National Inventors' Month ­ August

by Joanne Hayes-Rines, Publisher, Inventors' Digest; Vice President, AAS; Vice President, United Inventors Association

What image does the word "inventor" conjure up? Most people envision a Rube Goldberg character or the crazy scientist from the movie, "Back to the Future." It's a man, an old white man, with frizzed-out hair and a garage full of gadgets, gizmos and thingamabobs. The word "inventor" does not generate the mental image of a person working on a product or technology that improves the way we live. It does not turn the imagination to a picture of a woman, a black man or a young person. Adhering to the theory that "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," the Academy joined forces with two other powerhouse organizations in 1998 to create a national event that is putting a positive face on the global image of inventors.

National Inventors' Month ­ August created by the Academy, Inventors' Digest, and the United Inventors Association (UIA) is one of our answers to the problem of the perennially negative image of inventors. Starting as a media event in 1998, National Inventors' Month has grown to include a very grassroots program-a nationwide library display program aimed at kids.

The "invention triumvirate" is creating great-looking, information-packed displays that portray a positive image of inventors and their contributions. The immediate goal: 8,000 libraries highlighting National Inventors' Month. The long-term goal: Kids add the word "inventor" to their "what-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-up" list. This grassroots idea is funded by a grassroots, "pass the hat" fund raising program. Based on last year's costs, we estimate that it will cost $12.25 per library to design, print and distribute the displays.

We invite you to be part of this great program and support one library ($12.25) or ten libraries ($120.25) or 100 libraries ($1225.00). No contribution is too small. One display in one library will reach hundreds of kids plus their parents and their teachers. Send your tax-free donation payable to the Academy of Applied Science to: Inventors' Digest, 30-31 Union Wharf, Boston, MA 02109.

We hope you'll decide to join us in this effort you could just be changing tomorrow. Librarians:  Request a display for your library at http://www.inventorsdigest.com/


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