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These are terms that have to do with inventing. Some of these terms are used in this Invention Log, and some may be terms that you will want to use to describe your process. Please read over these terms before you get started.

advertise – the act or practice of calling public attention to one's product, service, need, etc., especially by paidannouncements in newspapers and magazines, over radio or television, in social media, on billboards, etc.

brainstorm – to produce an idea or way of solving a problem by holding a spontaneous group discussion or individual thinking session.


data collection- the process of gathering and measuring information of different variables, in a systematic way that helps one to answer research questions, test hypotheses, and evaluate outcomes.

design – to plan and make decisions about something that is being built or created. To create the plans, drawings, etc. that show how something will be made.

durable - able to withstand wear, pressure or damage.

engineer- people who invent, design, analyze, build, and test machines, systems, structures, and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost.

entrepreneur– a proposed explanation using previous knowledge, but made on the basis of limited evidence; a starting point for further investigation.

improvements– the act or process of making something better; the quality of being better than before.

interview – a formal discussion to establish needs or requirements; a report or reproduction of information is obtained.

inventor – a person who invented a particular process or device or who invents things as an occupation.

invest – to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns.

market– to advertise and offer a product for sale; to present something in a particular way and make people want to buy the product.

marketable– able or fit to be sold or marketed; meets enough market needs to be able to be sold.

original– created directly and personally by a particular artist; not a copy or imitation.

operational – in or ready for use.

patent – – continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

pitch – promotion by means of an argument and demonstration; a short verbal dialogue that tells the story and benefits of a product.

problem – a matter regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.

product – something that is made or grown to be sold or used.

profit – money that is made in a business, through investing, etc., after all the costs and expenses are paid; a financial gain.

profitable – yielding advantageous returns or results; yielding a financial profit or gain.

prototype – an original or first model of something from which other forms are copied or developed; an early version of a product that helps the inventor consider different options for design before finalizing a go-to-market design.

publication – the act or process of producing or printing a book, magazine, newspaper, etc. and making it available to the public.

research – the study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

seek – to search for something or someone; ask for help to achieve something.

solution – something that is done to deal with a problem; something that solves a problem.

source – the point or place which something starts; a place, person, or thing from which something originates.

substantially – to a great or significant extent.

test – a procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, especially before it is taken into widespread use.

testimonial – a written or spoken statement in which you say that you used a product or service and liked it..