Inventions and Inventors Teacher Resources
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Learn from the Past, Create the Future: Inventions and Patents
3rd - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
A Call to Invention: DIY Speaker Edition
7 mins 4th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
"The Real McCoy:" African American Inventors in History
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
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...
Thomas Edison: Inventor, Lecturer and Prankster
K - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewIt'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...
African American Inventors: Elijah McCoy
3rd - 5th CCSS: Designed
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...
Thomas Edison: Inventor and Entrepreneur
3rd - 7th CCSS: Designed
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....