Ideas for a Simple Invention for a School Project

Updated April 04, 2017

Inventions make great school projects and science fair projects. Inventions can be entertaining to build, simple to present and educational for all involved. In addition, school projects give students a sense of accomplishment when they complete their inventions. For your next school project, consider a simple invention that involves both technology and science. Some of the most famous inventions to date have come from the simplest of ideas, such as the light bulb. Most middle school students should be able to attempt such simple inventions.


Simple communication inventions aid the free exchange of information. Such inventions include string phones, Morse code systems, radios and foam cups. These projects can be produced easily at home with string, cups, old keyboards and wire. Radio materials can be purchased at most local electronic stores.


Biotechnology uses science to improve the quality of life for humans. Simple biotech inventions include creating home remedies and crossbreeding plants. Inventions can be made using fertiliser, plant seeds and water. The possibilities for remedies and crossbreeds are endless. This is an opportunity for students to truly invent a new creation.


Electronic inventions involve circuit technologies. An electric circuit releases a charge when connected to a power source. Some of best and simplest electronic inventions include solar powered radios, remote controlled cars and light bulbs. These simple projects can be made with supplies like solar cells, copper wire and glass bottles.

Household Tools

Household appliances and furniture make everyday life more convenient and comfortable. Such inventions include utensils, recliners and office chair wheels. Although household inventions do vary in complexity, a simple school project can focus on using tools to assemble and reassemble objects. Students can study various designs and concepts like how a chair reclines. In addition, students can brainstorm ideas to invent tools to make household inventions easier and faster.

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Mary Corbin began her career writing for online and print media in Indianapolis. Since 2004, she has covered subjects such as home and family, technology and legal issues. Working in the broadcast industry, Corbin created articles for marketing, public relations and business matters. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.