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Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
3D printers, selfie sticks, smart watches. GPS, self-driving cars, YouTube. Imagine life without inventions. Believe it or not, these items were all invented in the last 10 years. Inventions, and the inventors responsible for them, are...
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"The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Class members research African American inventors, the challenges they faced in their attempts to patent their works, and the importance of their inventions to the development of technology. After a brief introduction to inventors Elijah...
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Inventions Over Time

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Explore the inventions of the past with a project on ancient tools. After reading an article about hunting during the Archaic period, the Late Prehistoric period, and the Historic period, kids fill in a cause-and-effect chart about the...
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The Power of Invention

For Teachers 5th - 9th Standards
Inspire innovation in young learners through a study of important inventions throughout history. The four-lesson unit includes four separate lessons with activities ranging from researching and describing the history of noteworthy...
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The History of Inventions

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
With the help from an interactive timeline, scholars discover the time and order in which inventions came to be—popular items from eyeglasses to the compact disc. 
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A Call to Invention: DIY Speaker Edition

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
Can you build a homemade speaker out of a potato chip? Bestselling author and do-it-yourself expert William Gurstelle shows you how in his brief presentation at TEDYouth 2012. He encourages young people to be creative and explore science...
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Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer and Prankster

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
It's no small wonder that a lightbulb has come to represent a bright idea. The light bulb, the bright idea of Thomas Edison, was just one of his over 1,000 inventions. A teacher's guide introduces young audiences to works of the man who...
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Recycle Inventions

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Learners examine the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines and discuss when they were conceptualized and how they are similar to today's flight vehicles. They collect recyclables such as wood and foam trays and create an...
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Feel Empowered! Teaching About Female Inventors

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Inspire children to learn and create by teaching the history of female inventors during National Inventors Month.
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African American Inventors

For Students 1st - 4th Standards
Celebrate Black History Month with a packet of materials on African American inventors. Readers discover several inventors' character traits, their inventions, and their lives. They even have the opportunity to conduct further research...
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Inventions

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore famous inventors. In this inventions lesson plan, students research the lives of famous inventors and patents. Students work alone or in pairs to come up with a new invention. Students share their inventions with the...
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African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
What do a folding iron board, lawn sprinklers, and a device for oiling engines on trains all have in common? They were all invented by Elijah McCoy, an African American inventor with 57 patents to his credit. McCoy is the subject of a...
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Robert Fulton – Steamboat Inventor

For Students 2nd Standards
Examine the life of steamboat inventor, Robert Fulton, through reading comprehension worksheet that includes both multiple choice and short answer questions. Then, take part in a word search and write definitions, words, and sentences...
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Inventions All Around Us!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Class groups investigate the inventions found in different rooms of a house and create invention cards that detail the invention, the inventor, and how this object helps people. These cards are then added to the appropriate room on a...
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The Invention of the Telephone

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
All of the people in your class would agree that life would be different without the invention of the telephone! Study Alexander Graham Bell's most famous and influential invention through the primary source document of his sketch of the...
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Thomas Edison: Inventor and Entrepreneur

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
How many of Thomas Edison's inventions do your scholars use every day? They might be shocked to find out! Young historians watch a video, analyze a photograph, and read one of Edison's letters to learn more about his life and impact....
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Alexander Graham Bell: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Hello? Hello? Scholars investigate the impact Alexander Graham Bell's telephone had on the American landscape. Using drawings, video clips, and primary sources, the mind of the inventor comes to light as pupils dream of new inventions to...
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Inventions and Patents

For Teachers 3rd - 9th Standards
Curiosity gets you everything. With this assignment, inspiring minds come together to create and invent. Learn how and why we invent and what it means to patent an invention.
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Industrial Growth (1865 - 1914)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It wasn't like the American Industrial Revolution just happened overnight; or did it? Critically examine the inventors, inventions, investments, and tycoons that made the Industrial Revolution happen. Covered are over 50 years of...
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Top 10 Inventions

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
After generating a list of what the class considers to be the 10 greatest inventions of the 20th century, groups select one object to research and present their findings to the class. Individuals then vote for the item they feel is the...
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Inventive Women - Part 1

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed Standards
While a woman didn't invent the parasol, three women received patents for their improvements to the original design of umbrellas. In the first of a two-part series on inventive women, class members investigate the patent system to...
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Innovative Inventions

For Students 6th - 8th
Help your scholars get a grasp on the chronology of the Industrial Revolution with this "Innovative Inventions" worksheet. They discover what year various items were invented, and then create a timeline placing each invention and...
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Inventions in Everyday Life

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners identify and solve problems as they modify the design of an everyday household item. They gather and analyze information and work in collaborative teams to create a design plan for a new product.
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Calling All Inventors: Celebrate National Inventors Month

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Start off the school year by engaging learners in a creative study of inventors and their inventions.

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