Remember your school science fairs? Making homemade volcanoes, creating solar system diagrams or tending an ant farm. Well, times have changed. Now kids are coming up with marketable, patentable products.
Three high school sophomore girls made a homemade pet scratcher out of three pieces of wood and a small swatch of carpet. It ain’t the prettiest, but pets don’t usually care about aesthetics.
The arm can be attached to a wall, so a pet can go to the scratcher and scratch himself. Their product qualified for the 58th annual Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair at MIT. At the fair, they were presented with a patent award which is given to the project that is the most patentable. Now, the girls are just waiting to see if their invention can actually be patented.