BRIGHT SPARKS

Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women

By
Owen O'Doherty
Bright Sparks

An introduction to fifty extraordinary discoveries, inventions and designs by inspirational women. Meet incredible inventors from around the world, and learn how inventions happen. A beautifully illustrated guide to remarkable, practical, skillful and amazing inventions which have made their mark.

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Hardback:
48 pages
Size:
260x197 mm
ISBN:
9781788490542

An introduction to fifty extraordinary discoveries, inventions and designs by inspirational women.

From windscreen wipers to the life raft; coffee filters to emergency flares; Apollo Mission software to Monopoly: women have discovered, invented and designed some of the most important things we all take for granted, but many of their names are unknown.

Meet incredible inventors from around the world, and learn how inventions happen. This beautifully illustrated book is a guide to remarkable, practical, skillful and amazing inventions by women who have made their mark on history.

With a step-by-step guide to inspire and encourage readers to come up with their own inventions, Bright Sparks is an empowering book that celebrates the minds of women that resulted in some of the most striking discoveries, inventions and designs in history.

Dublin-based architect Owen O’Doherty wrote Bright Sparks in response to a question from his daughter, Anna, who had never heard of anything invented by a woman. This book was a present to Anna on her seventh birthday.

a useful addition for the science shelf of your class library

InTouch Magazine

From the lines in the middle of the road, an idea pioneered by Jane McCarroll in 1908, to present-day inventor Elif Bilfin, who in 2013 discovered a way of making biodegradable plastic from banana skins, this book is packed with fascinating facts. Each of the 50 inventions are carefully explained and illustrated by the author

Irish Independent

absolutely fascinating

RTE Radio 1's Sean O'Rourke Show
Sarah Webb

as well as filling the many gaps in our appreciation and awareness of women inventors and designers, tips and encouragement are offered to would-be inventors 

Irish Examiner

the perfect gift for a young enquiring mind … fascinating … should boost the self-confidence of all those bright girls out there who might be inclined to hide their light under a bushel

Tuam Herald

an inspiring new read and will encourage children to see that they can change the world

evoke.ie

well explained, brief summaries of their work are placed alongside intriguing illustrations to give the reader a glimpse of these in an inspiring, delightful series of vignettes. This book answers many questions, and who knows, may just be the incentive for get your young entrepreneur going. An exceptional non-fiction book that will give not only information that will make you want to investigate further, but will fascinate and entertain for hours and hours

Fallen Star Stories

if you’re on the lookout for inspiring reading materials for a younger audience, we have just the thing … a moment of parenting genius … this impressive hardback covers everything from the invention of the retractable dog lead to the coding structure of DNA

Sunday Business Post

having inspired young readers with accounts of past breakthroughs, O’Doherty then does something very important for bright sparks of the future. Through a series of inventing tips, he encourages curiosity, the identification of problems, and processes for solving challenges … not to mention patenting the next big idea

Evening Echo

I think we will all get it, kids, adults, everyone!

2fm’s Nicky Byrne Show
Jenny Greene
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