This week, America's hallowed inventor Ben Franklin turned 306 years old. In his honor, The Smithsonian and ePals, an education media company, recognized some of the world's youngest inventors. Fifteen students, from grades kindergarten through 11, won top honors for their home videos and written reports describing their inventions. We're not talking Westinghouse finalists, just yet. These kids, hailing from Turkey, India, Canada and the U.S., exhibited the kind of ingenuity of Home Alone's Kevin McCallister. Give them a staircase, a bouncing ball and a pair of pipe cleaners and they'll give you an imaginative prototype that might have the family dog running for cover. Check out some of the big winners....
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