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Invent and Innovate! This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about inventors and inventions. Use these resources for science or social studies lessons and activities about innovation and invention, in observance of National Inventors' Day (celebrated on February 11, Thomas Edison's birthday),  or at any time during the school year. Whether you are simply learning about the history of invention or planning a schoolwide Invention Convention, these resources will provide inspiration and project possibilities.

 

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Inventure Place - The National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron, Ohio

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5 to 12
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Read about kids around the US who have invented their own products. The site is indexed and searchable. Students could easily use these biographies to start a research project, or ...more
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Read about kids around the US who have invented their own products. The site is indexed and searchable. Students could easily use these biographies to start a research project, or you can post them on a bulletin board.Help inspire your students!

tag(s): inventors and inventions (97)

In the Classroom

Open the link entitled "inventor's tool kit" on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and use it to create an inspiring discussion about inventions with students. Or print out the information in the Inventor's tool kit, and use it as a learning center. This specific activity calls for a lot of individual brainstorming, so results could be posted on a display board for kids to display their creativity!

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Exploring Leonardo - Boston Museum of Science

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4 to 12
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An excellent site approaching Science through Leonardo DaVinci. Site includes The Inventors Workshop, (showing Leonardo's inventions), Leonardo's Perspective, a Biography and a section...more
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An excellent site approaching Science through Leonardo DaVinci. Site includes The Inventors Workshop, (showing Leonardo's inventions), Leonardo's Perspective, a Biography and a section about his habit of writing from right to left! There are 4 pages with interactive elements and 5 lesson plans including hands on activities. Students can comment and send their ideas electronically to the Museum staff. Four stars from our reviewer!!

tag(s): inventors and inventions (97), renaissance (34)

In the Classroom

Within the inventors workshop are a set of classroom activities that would be useful in a unit about the renaissance, or it could even be stretched to cover the inventions of the Industrial Revolution. Within the Introductory letter there are also 5 lesson plans that can also be utilized. Save this site as a favorite on your desktop, to allow you to reference it at any time.

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The Rube Goldberg Site - Rube Goldberg, Inc.

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4 to 8
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This fun site offers a retrospective on Rube Goldberg's wacky inventions and includes examples of how present-day engineering students devise 20-step ways of accomplishing simple tasks....more
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This fun site offers a retrospective on Rube Goldberg's wacky inventions and includes examples of how present-day engineering students devise 20-step ways of accomplishing simple tasks. The site is a great "idea site" for students getting used to invention and problem solving.

tag(s): puzzles (206)

In the Classroom

Review the invention pictures included on this site on a projector or whiteboard as an activator activity for an inventions unit. Have students draw or design their own machine for performing a similar every-day task.

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Forgotten Inventors - PBS

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5 to 8
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Only few inventors become famous, but those that do not may be forgotten even though their inventions remain important. This site chronicles some of the forgotten creative minds that...more
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Only few inventors become famous, but those that do not may be forgotten even though their inventions remain important. This site chronicles some of the forgotten creative minds that gave us inventions still in common use today.

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Use this site as a starting point for individual or group projects on inventions. Have students choose a "forgotten" invention on the site, or have them research the background of another invention that they use every day.

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Google

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2 to 12
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Use this most-popular search engine because it ranks results by a unique combination of popularity and reputability, making the most reputable/popular sites appear in the first page...more
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Use this most-popular search engine because it ranks results by a unique combination of popularity and reputability, making the most reputable/popular sites appear in the first page of results. Don't stop there, however. Learn to use the Advanced searching tools, such as searching for definitions (add definition to your search terms), or even a timeline display of results, where applicable.

tag(s): search engines (65)

In the Classroom

If you ask students to research a person or any topic that has chronological elements, such as a historical event, an arts movement, a biography, an author, etc, add view:timeline as an additional search term, as in thomas edison inventions view:timeline . Try it! For more Google tricks, do a TeachersFirst keyword search on google for other resources and ideas for using Google.

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Aviation Education: - Federal Aviation Administration

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6 to 12
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From the Federal Aviation Administration, this site includes links to many of the sites listed here. Also links to a skit written for elementary and middle school students, and ...more
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From the Federal Aviation Administration, this site includes links to many of the sites listed here. Also links to a skit written for elementary and middle school students, and instructions for building a 1903 Flyer out of Styrofoam. There is a downloadable Wright Brothers Curriculum Guide, and an Orville and Wilber Wright Activity Guide. The downside of this site is that nearly everything must be downloaded and cannot be previewed first, so you spend time waiting for the download without knowing what you're getting first.

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