WEB SITES ON INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS

FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

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All of the sites listed were active as of February 1, 2009. The evaluation is by the AVA Center staff according to the amount of information given, the general appearance of the site and its potential use in the classroom.

WEBSITES        LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES        WEBQUESTS

ANCIENT CHINESE TECHNOLOGY – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/23062/index.html

A student-created site on the inventions and technology developed by the ancient Chinese. Sections: Introduction, Agriculture, Engineering, Domestic & Industrial Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Warfare, Transportation, and Nature Discovery. Includes inventions such as paper money, matches, hot-air balloons, gunpowder and much more. Good photos. Excellent

ASK THE INVENTORS
http://www.asktheinventors.com/

An advice and resource site for aspiring inventors. Sections: Poster Contest, How to Invent, Don’t Be Scammed, Our Invention, FAQ, Helpful Links, Patent Libraries and more. Excellent

EDISON AFTER FORTY
http://americanhistory.si.edu/edison/

Edison’s two most famous inventions were developed before he was 40. This site follows his later years as he developed larger laboratories and worked on new inventions. Sections: The Challenge of Success, Before Forty, Changes at 40, Home Life, The New Technical World, Fame & Its Distractions, and Edison in His Eighties. Includes lots of photos. Excellent

EDISON INVENTS!                         NEW!
http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/edison/

"Thomas Alva Edison changed our world! His genius gave us electric lights in our home and an entire system that produced and delivered electrical power. He was the first to record sound — and he also started the recording industry. Edison developed the first movie camera and produced the first movies. Learn more about this creative genius. You'll be "shocked" at what you discover!"
Sections: Edison’s Story, Make a Light Bulb, and Resources. Excellent

EXPLORAVISION – IMAGINE THE FUTURE
http://www.toshiba.com/tai/exploravision/

A competition for students grades k-12 to encourage students to use science and technology in new ways. Sections: How to Enter, Request an Entry Kit, Past Winners K-12, For Teachers Only, ExploraVision Extra!, and more. Excellent

EXPLORE INVENTION AT THE LEMELSON CENTER                 NEW URL!
http://invention.smithsonian.org/home/

An extensive site on invention and innovation. Sections: Invention at Play, Centerpieces (virtual exhibits), Digging Deeper (the history of invention), and much more. Don’t miss the Centerpieces section. Excellent

EXPLORING LEONARDO
http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/

A look at the life and work of the scientist, inventor, and artist Leonardo da Vinci. Sections: Inventor’s Workshop, Leonardo’s Perspective, Leonardo’s Right to Left, What-Where-When?, Additional Resources and a Teacher’s Guide. Includes classroom activities. Excellent

FARNOVISION – THE FARNSWORTH CHRONICLES
http://www.farnovision.com/

Philo T. Farnsworth was a bored youth plowing the family farm when he began the dream which led to television. Sections: Introduction, The Farnsworth Chronicles Who Invented What…And When?, Before Philo, Video Library ( with clips) and links. Excellent

GREATEST ENGINEERING ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY                     NEW!
http://www.greatachievements.org/

Spotlights the greatest engineering achievements in 20 fields such as electrification, computers, spacecraft, household appliances and high-performance materials. Each includes a Timeline, a history and more. Excellent

GREATEST INVENTIONS: THE EVOLUTION OF MAN THROUGH HISTORY
http://library.thinkquest.org/C002942/?tqskip1=1&tqtime=0225

A student-created site on inventions and inventors. Click on the cogs for the sections. Sections: Site Guide, Interactive (games, learning cab, interesting facts, etc.), Inventions, Inventors, Timeline, Links, and Help. An extensive site. Note: A little difficult to navigate. Excellent

INNOVATIVE LIVES
http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/ilives/
Profiles of 26 inventors/inventions for such items as the pacemaker, solar shingles, and colored cotton. Focuses primarily on recent inventions. Excellent

INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNT – INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson120.shtml

Education World’s Internet Scavenger Hunt on Inventors and Inventions. There are two, for younger and older students. Excellent

INVENTING MODERN AMERICA – FROM THE MICROWAVE TO THE MOUSE
http://web.mit.edu/invent/www/ima/

Profiles the life and work of 35 innovators through qualities such as vision, courage and perseverance. Includes fun games and links. Excellent

INVENTION DIMENSION
http://web.mit.edu/invent/index.html

M.I.T.’s invention section including the Lemelson/MIT Awards Program, Inventor of the Week Archives, The Inventor’s Handbook, Invention-Related Links and Resources. Excellent

INVENTORS – ABOUT.COM                     NEW!
http://inventors.about.com/

Look here for the top inventions of 2008, inventing basics, what to do with your invention, lists of inventors, blogs and more. A gateway to a wealth of information. Excellent

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS FOR K-12 EDUCATION
http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/inventors.htm

A gateway site to information on individual inventors plus general sites and specific inventions. Outstanding. Excellent

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS – 42EXPLORE                 NEW!
http://www.42explore2.com/invent.htm

Basic information on inventors and inventions along with webquests and activities. Excellent

INVENTORS/INVENTIONS
http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/inventor.html

A terrific list of links to information on inventors and inventions. Sections: Information/Research Sites, Online/Offline Lesson Plans, Online/Offline Activities. Excellent

MEDIEVAL CHINESE INVENTIONS AND INNOVATIONS
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/chinin/chinintg.htm

An online museum "designed to provide a collection of electronic artifacts and information resources for a unit on inventions and innovation of the Chinese during the medieval times. It is designed to strengthen the background knowledge of students as they study the discovery, use, adaptations, and effects during the medieval time through the present." Sections: Foyer (Introduction), Paper & Paper Money, Printing, Compass, Explosives, Toys & Games, and Projects (Map, Timeline, Chinese Game, more). Excellent

THE PARTNERSHIP FOR AMERICA’S FUTURE: SPECIALIZING IN EDUCATIONAL INVENTIONS
http://www.pafinc.com/

A program established to complement the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, every year six young people in grades K-12 are inducted into the National Gallery of America’s Young Inventors. Includes lists of inductees and their inventions. Excellent

SMITHSONIAN INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS                     NEW URL!
http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/Science_and_Technology/EngineeringandIndustry_Technology.htm

Spotlights inventors and inventions including: African American Inventors, Women Inventors of the 20th Century, Edison after 40, and much more. Excellent

TESLA- MASTER OF LIGHTNING                 NEW!
http://www.pbs.org/tesla/

A PBS site on Nikola Tesla. Includes: Life and Legacy, Inside the Lab, Tesla for Teachers (including lesson plans), Discussions (interviews) and Resources (including Timelines of Electricity and Radio). Excellent

TRANSISTORIZED! THE HISTORY OF THE INVENTION OF THE TRANSISTOR
http://www.pbs.org/transistor/index.html

A PBS site on the invention of the transistor, the precursor to the microchip. Sections: History, Science, Timeline, TV Show (incl. online clips), Glossary, Interactive (two experiments). Includes an online Teacher’s Guide with four lessons that can be downloaded and printed. Excellent

USPTO KIDS’ PAGE
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/kids/index.html

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s kids' site with terrific games and activities. Includes a teachers section but no lesson plans. Games: Trademark Treasures, Goldmine, Inventor IQ, Whodunit?, Chicken or Egg?, Matching Fun, Mousetraps and We Dare You. Excellent

ZOOM INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/

A huge amount of information for elementary students on inventors and inventions. Excellent

ALL ABOUT INVENTIONS, INVENTORS AND FAMOUS SCIENTISTS                 NEW!
http://www.suelebeau.com/inventions.htm

A page of links to websites on inventions and inventors for upper elementary students and up. Very Good

BLACK AMERICAN INVENTORS – LINKS             NEW!
http://www.victoriaspast.com/BlackLinks/blackinventors.htm

A collection of links to sites on Black American inventors. Good

BLACK INVENTOR ONLINE MUSEUM             NEW!
http://www.blackinventor.com/

"Welcome to the Black Inventor Online Museum ™, a look at the great and often unrecognized leaders in the field of invention and innovation. For more than 300 years, black inventors have served as pioneers in the field of science and have made enormous impacts on society. As African Americans sought freedom and equality, many among them, scientists, educators and even slaves, developed the tools and processes that helped to shape the modern agricultural, industrial and technological landscape. While some are famous, many remain unknown, but their contributions have assured that their stories are not only about black history, but about world history."
Click on the drop down box for a long list of inventors. Each gives a brief profile of them and their invention. Good

BLACK INVENTORS A-Z                 NEW!
http://inventors.about.com/library/blblackinventors.htm

A list of Black inventors with a brief profile and an illustration of their invention. Very Good

THE GREATEST INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS                 NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/5847/halloffame.htm

A site by students for students on inventors and inventions. Includes: Inventors’ Hall of Fame, Games, a Timeline, Links and a Quiz. Very Good

HISTORICAL INVENTIONS A-Z
http://inventors.about.com/library/bl/bl12.htm

Links to inventions from Adhesives to the Zipper from About.com. A starting point for students. Very Good

A HISTORY OF INVENTIONS: A TIMELINE FROM POTTERY TO COMPUTERS    NEW URL!
http://www.cbc.ca/kids/general/the-lab/history-of-invention/default.html

An illustrated timeline from around 8,000 B.C. to the DVD in 1995. Covers a large number of inventions such as the wheel, toothpaste, the microscope, hot dogs, the flashlight, the Frisbee and more. Very Good

INVENT AMERICA!                     NEW!
http://www.inventamerica.org/index.html

A K-8 program for student inventors. Teachers can enroll their school and students can submit their inventions. Note that the latest information is for 2007 so it may not be running this year. Very Good if it is.

INVENTING A NEW KIND OF PENCIL
http://www.noogenesis.com/inventing/pencil/pencil_page.html

A fun site for kids on ways to redesign the common pencil. What works? What doesn’t? What can be added or changed? Fun. Very Good

INVENTING YOUR FUTURE             NEW!
http://library.thinkquest.org/12056/index.html

A site for students by students on inventions. "The goal of this web site is to take you through the steps needed in becoming an inventor and creating an invention, from getting an idea to patenting and marketing an invention." Sections: Need an Idea?, Developing Your Idea, Patenting Your Idea, Marketing Your Idea, History and Links. Very Good

INVENTOR ED’S KIDS INVENTOR RESOURCES
http://www.inventored.org/k-12/

Lots of links for kids on inventors, the history of selected inventions, and much more. Very Good

MOUSESITE
http://sloan.stanford.edu/MouseSite/

Explores the history of human computer interaction beginning in the 1960s. Sections: Persons, Devices, Culture, Context, Forum, Archive, Links and more. The Archive is extensive and includes interviews and photos of people, devices and much more. Very Good

MUSEUM OF ANCIENT INVENTIONS
http://www.smith.edu/hsc/museum/ancient_inventions/home.htm

We tend to think of inventions as a modern phenomenon but people have been inventing things as long as they’ve been around. This online museum shows some of the ancient inventions with photos and descriptions. Very Good

ROBERT FULTON – ENGINEER AND ARTIST
http://www.history.rochester.edu/steam/dickinson/

A lengthy online biography of Robert Fulton, from his interest in developing submarines to the steam engine. Very Good

RUBE GOLDBERG TODAY                 NEW URL!
http://rubegoldberg.com/

Known for his cartoons of contraptions that used everyday times to build elaborate machines to accomplish simple tasks, Rube Goldberg’s ideas continue and have inspired numerous contests around the country. Sections: Rube Goldberg Today, Rube Goldberg Biography, Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, Rube Goldberg Information, and more. Very Good

SPOTLIGHT: BIOGRAPHY: INVENTORS
http://educate.si.edu/spotlight/inventors1.html

A Smithsonian site with brief biographies of inventors and lots of links to further information about them and their inventions. Very Good

SUPER SCIENTISTS – A GALLERY OF ENERGY PIONEERS
http://www.energyquest.ca.gov/scientists/index.html

Profiles 15 energy engineers/inventors. Very Good

THE TOP TEN AFRICAN-AMERICAN INVENTORS
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/inventors/

Information for grades 3-4 on the top ten African-American inventors. "Throughout history, African Americans have invented some important and fun devices. Read about ten examples of men and women and see what they invented. Think about what kind of obstacles they may have faced, personally and professionally." Very Good

WACKY PATENT OF THE MONTH                 NEW URL!
http://www.colitz.com/site/wacky_new.html

Recognizes selected inventors and their remarkable and unconventional patented inventions. Includes patent information, description and the diagrams submitted for the patent. Sections: Patent of the Month, Patenting, Prior Wacky Patents, and Inventor Links. Very Good

ABC NEWS – PATENTLY WEIRD ARCHIVE             NEW URL!
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/WolfFiles/Story?id=92608&page=1

A humorous look at some of the most unusual inventions. Fun. Good

AFRICAN-AMERICAN INVENTORS                     NEW!
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/black.shtml

Information for primary students on African-American inventors. Good

AFRIGADGET FLICKR IMAGE GALLERY                 NEW!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/afrigadget/pool/

Photos of used materials re-purposed into toys and useful objects in Africa. Good

BIOTECHNOLOGY CHRONICLES
http://www.accessexcellence.org/RC/AB/BC/#Anchor-33869

"Biotech Chronicles is a brief history of biotech discoveries which continue to influence the field today. We have included essays on genetics and DNA research, profiles of some of the influential individuals who have helped build the biotechnology industry, and an integrated series of time lines which provide an overview of biotechnology from a historical perspective."
Good

BUILD IT YOURSELF TOY LABORATORY
http://northshore.shore.net/~biy/

"Ever dream that your toys could do more than they do? Use the best parts from LEGO®, K'NEX®, Radio Shack®, the local hardware store. Add junk from around the house, a cup full of your imagination and stamp it: "Made In Another Universe" "Build-It-Yourself publishes an on-going series of multimedia files (animated plans and building tips) that inspire kids between 8 - 16 years to build whimsical toys. Projects incorporate commonly found materials, LEGO Dacta parts and programmable microcomputers." Sections: Join the Crew, Missions, and Hot Shots. Good

CHINESE INVENTIONS – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/15618/index.htm

We tend to think of inventions as having origins in Europe, but the Chinese were avid inventors, too. This site explores several Chinese inventions. Sections: History, Inventions and Inventors, Implications, and China’s Future. Good

CYBERSLEUTH KIDS – INVENTORS
http://cybersleuth-kids.com/sleuth/Science/Inventors/

Information for kids on inventors such as Samuel Morse, George Eastman, Charles Babbage and more. Plus links to other sites. Good

DELPHION GALLERY OF OBSCURE PATENTS
http://www.delphion.com/gallery

Not all inventions are useful or successful. For instance, the bird diaper. Click on the Gallery and the Historical Patents links to view some strange and interesting patent sketches. Good

DISCOVER GAMES
http://www.discovergames.com/

A resource for game inventors to promote and showcase their games. Includes help for inventors getting started. Good

THE ELI WHITNEY MUSEUM
http://www.eliwhitney.org/

Information on the Eli Whitney Museum, a biography, exhibits and an online MOOseum. Good

ENGINEERS, SCIENTISTS AND INVENTORS                 NEW!
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/engineers.htm

Brief profiles of a large number of scientists, engineers and inventors. Good

FORGOTTEN INVENTORS
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/telephone/sfeature/index.html

Features brief paragraphs about little known inventors of such items as the gas mask, can opener, blue jeans, and oil burner. Good

FREE PATENTS ONLINE             NEW!
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/

A patent search engine. Good

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE                 NEW!
http://www.myoutbox.net/popstart.htm

An online book giving the history of the U.S. Patent Office. It covers the beginning to the 1940s. Good

HOW STUFF WORKS
http://www.howstuffworks.com/

How everything works. Not really inventions but helpful. Sections: Computer Stuff, Auto Stuff, Electronic Stuff, Science Stuff, Home Stuff, Entertainment Stuff, Money Stuff, Travel Stuff, and People Stuff. Good

HUNGARIAN INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS
http://www.hpo.hu/English/inventor/eindex.html

While we are most familiar with American, British or French inventors, there were inventors working in all countries. This site lists the work of Hungarian inventors. Good

INVENTING ENTERTAINMENT
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/edhtml/edhome.html

An American Memory collection from the Library of Congress. Recordings of Thomas Edison’s early inventions in sound. "This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles." Gives students a chance to actually hear Edison’s inventions. Includes a biography. Good

INVENTIONS             NEW!
http://www.tjlibrary.org/inventions.htm

A site by middle school students with links to sites about inventors and inventions. Sections: Inventors, Mrs. Press Websites, Inventions and 20th Century Inventions. Good

INVENTIVE KIDS                         NEW!
http://www.inventivekids.com/indexFlash.html

A collection of fun activities for primary/elementary students. Good

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS         NEW!
http://www.picadome.fcps.net/lab/currl/inventors/default.htm

Links to sites about inventors and inventions. Sections: Informational Sites, Individual Sites, Interactive Sites. Good

INVENTORS DIGEST – FUN FACTS                 NEW!
http://www.inventorsdigest.com/funFacts.aspx

Some fun facts about inventions. Good

INVENTORS DIGEST – ONLINE MAGAZINE                     NEW!
http://www.inventorsdigest.com/default.aspx

An online magazine for inventors. Includes Classified, Resources, Submit an Article and more. You can view past issues online. You need to subscribe to get the full magazine. Good

INVENTORS, INVENTIONS, INVENT-NET – THE INVENTORS NETWORK
http://www.inventnet.com/

Provides help for inventors in doing patent searches, finding patent attorneys, chat room, forms, scams, and much more. A site for aspiring inventors. Good

JAMES WATT BY ANDREW CARNEGIE
http://www.history.rochester.edu/steam/carnegie/

A short online book by Andrew Carnegie on the work of James Watt with steam. A personal account. Good

MECHANICAL MARVELS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY             NEW!
http://www.bigredhair.com/robots/

Information and illustrations on four mechanical robots of the Victorian era. Click on the smaller photo on the right for more complete information. Good

MEET AMAZING SCIENTISTS AND INVENTORS             NEW!
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/scientists

Brief profiles of George Washington Carver and Thomas Edison. Good

THE NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME
http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_0_0_hall_of_fame.asp

The official site of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Note: Site has been redesigned. Sections include: Search (by inventor, date, decade, invention), Invention Channels (by topic i.e. computer, agriculture, etc.), Competitions, Invention Camp, Induction, Patents, and more. Note: This site no longer includes videos. Good

THE ONLINE ANTIQUE PHONOGRAPH GALLERY
http://www.inkyfingers.com/Record.html

A photo gallery of personal collections of antique phonographs. Good

REINVENTING THE PAST – A THINKQUEST SITE
http://library.thinkquest.org/J002039F/

A student site focusing on inventors Alexander Graham Bell, George Eastman, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and The Wright Brothers. The lives and inventions of each are discovered. For elementary students. Includes a Crossword Puzzle. Good

ROTHSCHILD PETERSON PATENT MUSEUM                 NEW!
http://www.patentmodel.org/default.aspx

"The Rothschild Petersen Patent Model Museum is the largest privately-owned collection of United States patent models in the world. Containing nearly 4,000 patent models and related documents, the collection spans America's Industrial Revolution."
Click on the illustrations of the models for information about its use, date and inventor. Includes a History of Patent Models from 1790 to 2004. Good

TECHNOLOGY TIMELINE – 1752-1990
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/telephone/timeline/timeline_text.html

A timeline of technological advances from 1752’s Lightning Rod to 1990s Hubble Telescope. Good

A TIMELINE OF INVENTIONS                 NEW!
http://www.cbc.ca/kids/general/the-lab/history-of-invention/default.html

A timeline of inventions from ???BC to 1995. For primary and up. Good

TOTALLY ABSURD INVENTIONS
http://totallyabsurd.com/

A fun site for useless inventions. Features an absurd invention of the week and archives of past choices. Fun. Good

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PATENTS             NEW!
http://www.lightlink.com/bbm/weird.html

A collection of strange patents for everything from cheese-flavored cigarettes to a "levitationarium". Good

WOMEN INVENTORS A-Z             NEW!
http://inventors.about.com/library/blwomeninventors.htm

An alphabetical list of women inventors. Each link gives a brief profile and description of the invention. Good

LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL’S PATENT FOR THE TELEPHONE AND THOMAS EDISON’S PATENT FOR THE ELECTRIC LAMP – TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS – LESSON PLAN                    NEW!
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/telephone-light-patents/

A lesson plan which uses Bell’s and Edison’s patents as a basis for the lesson. Sections: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, and Documents Analysis Worksheet. For junior high and up. Excellent

APPLIANCES WITH MINDS OF THEIR OWN: EXPLORING AND INVENTING APPLIANCES THAT THINK – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000413thursday.html

A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students examine how everyday appliances might soon possess the capacity 'to think' as a result of recent technological advances. Students then display their knowledge of this new technology by creating a poster design of a 'smart' machine." Excellent

THE BUSINESS OF GOOD IDEAS: UNDERSTANDING ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PATENTS – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20050407thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan on patents for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students consider economic factors in patenting a new invention. They then research an already-patented health product and assess its profitability, followed by inventing their own similar but imaginary products and persuading others that it is "worth" patenting." Excellent

CLEVER CONTRAPTIONS: DESIGNING AND "PATENTING" ORIGINAL INVENTIONS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990909thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students appraise the qualities of successful inventors and inventions, as well as examine the ways in which the Internet supports inventors, as a springboard for designing and 'patenting' inventions that would be helpful to them in their daily lives." Excellent

CHIP SHOT: DEVELOPING SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE USES FOR ADVANCED MICROPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20080410thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on technology. "In this lesson, students investigate current developments in the use of advanced microprocessors and develop their own proposals for socially-responsible uses of the technology." Excellent

DOING THINGS THE "WRIGHT" WAY: INVESTIGATING INFLUENTIAL INVENTIONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990316tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students investigate 20th century inventions in order to examine how inventions reflect the historical events during which they were developed and improved. Students research what they feel are significant 20th century inventions and create illustrated timelines of the evolution of those inventions." Excellent

ELI WHITNEY’S PATENT FOR THE COTTON GIN – TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/cotton-gin-patent/

A lesson plan which uses Eli Whitney’s patent document as a basis for the lesson. Sections: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, and Document Analysis Worksheet. For junior high and up. Excellent

AN ERA OF INNOVATION – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/eraofinnovation/

A lesson plan for grades 5-9 on inventions. "Students will research significant transportation milestones during the past century; determine the impact of these milestones on society, the economy, communication, travel, and their lives; and design and present "decade in transportation" exhibits." Excellent

EUREKA! – LESSON PLAN                 NEW!
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=EM167&page=teacher

A lesson plan for grades K-2 on inventions. "Take a look at how inventions, such as plastic, have changed our lives and how they are changing the future of living in space. Students explore the concept of invention and innovation by studying the use of plastics. Various uses of plastics are discussed and students are asked to list new innovations and then create a new use for plastic."
Excellent

EXPERIENCE INNOVATION: INVESTIGATING NOTEWORTHY INNOVATIONS PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20070201thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on inventions. "In this lesson, students share opinions about innovations that affect their lives. They then identify and summarize articles about innovative ideas, products or activities that appear in The Times. Learning is synthesized by writing proposals for innovations designed to resolve questions or problems that students face in their own lives." Excellent

GLIDDEN’S PATENT APPLICATION FOR BARBED WIRE – TEACHING WITH DOCUMENTS – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/barbed-wire/index.html

A lesson plan which uses Glidden’s patent application for barbed wire as a basis for the lesson. Sections: The Documents, Standards Correlations, Teaching Activities, and Documents Analysis Worksheet. For junior high and up. Excellent

GREAT AMERICAN INVENTORS: USING NONFICTION TO LEARN ABOUT TECHNOLOGY INVENTIONS – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=957

A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on inventors. "Reading biographies about famous inventors can help bring enthusiasm and a sense of exploration to your classroom. As students read, gather, and present information about Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, and Stephanie Kwolek, they learn how their inventions changed and shaped America's past and influenced the future of technology. Further, students examine how the inventions directly impact their own lives." Excellent

INVENTING AND PRESENTING UNIT 1: ANALYZING NONFICTION AND INVENTING SOLUTIONS – CURRICULUM UNIT         NEW!
http://readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=161

"In this culminating interdisciplinary unit, students use what they have learned about experimentation and the scientific method, critical thinking, clear writing, and effective speaking. Students read about inventors, propose inventions to solve problems they have identified, and build and test their inventions. They record and graph data and create visuals to share that data. In addition, students study famous speeches to identify the elements of effective speaking, and they propose in writing an appropriate scenario for sharing the results of their experimentation. Each student delivers a speech in a large-group setting."
Excellent

INVENTING AND PRESENTING UNIT 2: EFFECTIVE SPEECHES AND BUILDING THE INVENTION – CURRICULUM UNIT         NEW!
http://readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=162

"In this culminating interdisciplinary unit, students use what they have learned about experimentation and the scientific method, critical thinking, clear writing, and effective speaking. Students read about inventors, propose inventions to solve problems they have identified, and build and test their inventions. They record and graph data and create visuals to share that data. In addition, students study famous speeches to identify the elements of effective speaking, and they propose in writing an appropriate scenario for sharing the results of their experimentation. Each student delivers a speech in a large-group setting."
Excellent

INVENTING AND PRESENTING UNIT 3: PERSUASIVE SPEAKING AND INVENTION PROMOTION – CURRICULUM UNIT             NEW!
http://readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=163

"In this culminating interdisciplinary unit, students use what they have learned about experimentation and the scientific method, critical thinking, clear writing, and effective speaking. Students read about inventors, propose inventions to solve problems they have identified, and build and test their inventions. They record and graph data and create visuals to share that data. In addition, students study famous speeches to identify the elements of effective speaking, and they propose in writing an appropriate scenario for sharing the results of their experimentation. Each student delivers a speech in a large-group setting."
Excellent

INVENTION CONVENTION: INVENTING AND MARKETING PRODUCTS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20061116thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on inventions. "In this lesson, students work in groups to create products that can help address everyday annoyances. They then design business plans for the manufacturing and marketing of their inventions." Excellent

THE INVENTION FACTORY: THOMAS EDISON’S LABORATORIES – TEACHING WITH HISTORIC PLACES - LESSON PLAN
http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp/curriculumkit/lessons/edison/4edison.htm

A lesson plan based on the laboratories of Thomas Edison for middle school and up. "This lesson plan is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Edison National Historic Site," the archives maintained at the site, and other materials about Thomas Edison and the West Orange." Sections: About This Lesson, Setting the Stage: Historical Context, Locating the Site: Maps, Determining the Facts: Readings, Visual Evidence: Images, and Putting It All Together: Activities. Excellent

INVENTIONS 1: EDISON AND THE LIGHT BULB – LESSON PLAN                     NEW!
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?Grade=k-2&BenchmarkID=3&DocID=356

Part one of a two-part unit on inventions. "This lesson is the first of a two-part series on technology and inventions. Students are introduced to the world of technology and inventions and how its ongoing development continues to affect all aspects of living—in both good and potentially bad ways.
In Inventions 1: Edison and the Light Bulb, students learn how inventions are created to solve problems or improve the way things are done. The improvement of the incandescent light bulb by Thomas Edison is used as an example."
Excellent

INVENTIONS 2: THE IMPACT – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?Grade=k-2&BenchmarkID=3&DocID=357

Part two of a two-part unit on inventions.
"This lesson is the second of a two-part series on technology and inventions. Students are introduced to the world of inventions and how their ongoing development continues to affect all aspects of living—in both good and potentially bad ways.
In Inventions 1: Edison and the Light Bulb, students learn how inventions are created to solve problems or improve the way things are done. The revolutionary invention of the light bulb by Thomas Edison is used as an example.
In Inventions 2: The Impact, students focus on the process of inventing, particularly on what short- and long-term issues inventors have to consider before developing an invention. They examine a number of other revolutionary American inventions and are encouraged to evaluate the effects of their own invention ideas in terms of their usefulness and public impact."
Excellent

INVENTIONS: COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/inventioncomputertechnology/

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on inventions. "Students will understand the following: 1. Inventions can change the way we live. 2. Many inventions start out with design flaws and are refined later by subsequent inventors and designers. 3. The computer, invented in 1834 by Charles Babbage and still being refined, is an example of such an invention." Excellent

INVENTIONS – TEACHER RESOURCES                 NEW!
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/inventions/teacher-resources/6636.html

Lesson plans, printables, links and more for teaching about inventions and inventors. Excellent

INVENTIVE LIVES: CREATING POSTERS ABOUT INVENTIONS AND INVENTORS – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20051114monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on inventions and inventors. "In this lesson, students conduct research and create posters illustrating famous inventors and their inventions. For homework, they write essays reflecting on the history and future of American innovation." Excellent

THE INVENTIVE THINKING CURRICULUM PROJECT         NEW URL!
http://www.pravel.com/docs/inventive%20thinking.pdf

A curriculum project in which students are shown how to develop inventive thinking step-by-step. Sections: Introducing Inventive Thinking, Practicing the Creative Part of Inventive Thinking, Practicing Inventive Thinking with the Class, Developing an Invention Idea, Brainstorming for Creative Solutions, Practicing the Critical Part of Inventive Thinking, Completing the Invention, Naming the Invention, Optional Marketing Activities, Parent Involvement, Young Inventor’s Day, and Enrichment: Stories About Great Thinkers and Inventors. An outstanding site. Excellent

INVENTOR’S WORKSHOP – LESSON PLAN     NEW!
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/invention-leonardoslegacy/

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on inventors. "Students will understand the following: 1/ The six simple machines are the basis for all mechanical devices. 2/ The six simple machines are as follows: the inclined plane, the lever and fulcrum, the wedge, the screw, and the wheel and axle, and the pulley 3/ Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest inventors of all time. 4/ Each of his designs implemented one or more of the six simple machines." Excellent

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS 1 – LESSON PLAN     NEW!
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/inventorsandinventions1/

A lesson plan for grades K-5 on inventors and inventions. "Students will understand the following: 1. Some inventions come about accidentally. 2. The story of an invention can be told in an interesting fashion." Excellent

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS 2: AIR AND SPACE – LESSON PLAN                     NEW!
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/inventorsandinventions2airandspace/

A lesson plan for grades K-5 on inventors and inventions. "Students will understand the following: 1. They can conduct an experiment in which they change the size, weight, and wing structure of paper airplanes to see how each plane flies." Excellent

INVENTORS/INVENTIONS TEACHING THEME             NEW!
http://www.teach-nology.com/themes/science/inventors/

Resources for teaching about inventors and inventions including: Bulletin Board Set, Downloads, Hands-On Activities, Interactive Sites for Students, Lesson Plans, Resource Materials, Sites for Background Information, Webquests, Worksheets, and Worksheets You Can Customize. Excellent

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS THEME PAGE – LESSON PLANS, UNITS
http://www.cln.org/themes/inventors.html

"links to two types of resources related to the study of inventors and inventions. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme."
Excellent

INVENTORS/INVENTIONS TEACHING THEME
http://www.bestteachersites.com/themes/science/inventors/

An extensive site for teaching inventors and inventions. Sections: Bulletin Board Set, Resource Materials (not free), Downloads, Sites for Background Information, Hands-on Activities, Webquests, Interactive Sites for Students, Worksheets, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets You Can Customize. (Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site). Outstanding. Excellent

IT’S ABOUT TIME: EXPLORING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TIME-SAVING INVENTIONS – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040408thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan on inventions for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students investigate everyday activities and the devices that make these activities easier and more efficient. They then design timeline exhibits that illustrate the evolution of technological inventions leading to one of these modern devices." Excellent

KIDS DESIGN NETWORK – CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
http://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/kdn/index.html

From the DuPage Children’s Museum. Students investigate a challenge, dream up a design, plan it on the computer and submit it to a real engineer. "Pick a challenge that interests you. Think about a gadget you could make to meet the challenge. There are many different solutions to each challenge. If your first idea doesn't work, try something different. That's the way real engineers work, too!" Challenges: Chemical Engineering Challenge, Civil Engineering Challenge, Door Alarm Challenge, Mix-n-Match Challenges, Nuclear Engineering Challenge, Puppet Challenge, and Slowly Moving Marble Challenge. Excellent

LEONARDO’S MACHINES – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?BenchmarkID=6-8&DocID=345

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on Leonardo da Vinci.
"As a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci is a fascinating historical figure. This lesson will highlight some of Leonardo's futuristic inventions, introducing the elements of machines. Leonardo provides an interesting context in which students can begin to develop their ideas about the uniqueness of humans in the natural world. Our ability to use language and thought sets us apart as the only species that can think, imagine, create, and learn from experience. Humans have used this ability to create technologies and literary and artistic works on a vast scale and to develop a scientific understanding of ourselves and the world. (Benchmarks for Science Literacy,p.127.) No historical figure embodies this idea better than Leonardo da Vinci. The main site used in this lesson is an Internet resource that lends itself to individual or small group explorations. Before you do the activities with the class, read the "Letter to Teachers." Excellent

MAD SCIENCE: UNDERSTANDING HOW MODERN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY EVOLVES OVER TIME – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20060725tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan on medical technology for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students will assess what they know about historical medical practices, learn about President Garfield’s preventable death, and conduct research on current trends in medical technology. Students will then create artistic, informative pieces to be displayed in a museum exhibition debuting in 2050." Excellent

MISSION POSSIBLE: EXPLORING PLAUSIBLE INVENTIONS FOR MAKE-BELIEVE MOVIES – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020926thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students create blueprints for imaginary inventions based on real-world technological principles. They then write explanations of how their inventions work in the form of movie dialogues." Excellent

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF WHAT?: EXAMINING FAMOUS INVENTIONS AND INVENTORS – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20080331monday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on inventions and inventors. "In this lesson, students create a gallery exhibition and "inventor scrapbooks" about important historical inventions and inventors." Excellent

A NEW "SPIN" ON NUCLEAR ENERGY: UNDERSTANDING THE TECHNOLOGY OF NUCLEAR FUEL CENTRIFUGES – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040323tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan on how inventions can influence society for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students describe how inventions can influence society, especially if misappropriated for unintended purposes. They discover the principles underlying the centrifuge, the invention on which nuclear energy relies." Excellent

OUR ROBOTS, OURSELVES – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20060720thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on robots. "In this lesson, students investigate current research in artificial intelligence and imagine the ways in which those technologies can be developed for use in daily life." Excellent

PEANUTS, PECANS AND PEAS, PLEASE – LESSON PLAN         NEW!
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lesson=EM363&page=teacher

A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on George Washington Carver. "George Washington Carver, a great scientist, changed the economy of the South with his agricultural knowledge. This lesson will investigate how the lowly peanut kept the cotton farmers from losing everything."
Excellent

POP SECRET INFORMATION: PROPOSING PROCEDURES FOR INCREASING POPPING CORN SUCCESS RATES – LESSON PLAN     NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20050419tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan on inventing for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students design procedures for increasing the popping rate of a set amount of popcorn kernels, and then carry out and document this experiment." Excellent

SAFETY FIRST: EXPLORING TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS TO PERILOUS PROBLEMS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020411thursday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students explore safety issues and challenges related to various modes of transportation. They then create blueprints for technological methods to make those modes of transportation safer." Excellent

TEACHERSFIRST INVENTOR’S WORKSHOP
http://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/inventor/index.htm

A unit of study for upper elementary and middle school teachers. Sections: Unit on Inventors of the Industrial Revolution, A Quiz on Inventors of the Industrial Revolution and a List of Invention and Inventor Resources. Excellent

TECHNOLOGICAL TWINS: USING TECHNOLOGY TO MIMIC NATURE – LESSON PLAN    NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20030603tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on technology and nature. "In this lesson, students list comparisons between technology and nature. Then they create superheroes with special animal adaptations and describe how ordinary persons might replicate the adaptations with technology. Finally, students attempt to patent their technological inventions used to mimic animal adaptations." Excellent

THANK YOU MR. EDISON: ELECTRICITY, INNOVATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE – LESSON PLANS             NEW!
http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/99/edison/intro.html

A lesson plan for grades 7-12 on the impact of electricity on society.
"Using documents from American Memory, plus supplementary material, students investigate electrification as both a technological and social process. A focus of the student's investigation is Thomas Edison, because, as Nye contends, "Electricity was the sign of Edison's genius, the wonder of the age, the hallmark of progress" (p. 1)."   Consists of 4 lessons. Excellent

TURN ON INVENTIVENESS: POTATO POSSIBILITIES – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Interdisciplinary/INT0076.html

A lesson plan on inventiveness for grades 4-6. "This lesson is designed to "turn on inventiveness" in students and to limber up their creative skills. "Potato Possibilities" has students look at ordinary potatoes and transform them into something totally different. Students practice visualization through a fantasy trip and test their powers of observation by blindly identifying their own potatoes." Excellent

WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? EVALUATING THE PRESENT, INVESTIGATING THE PAST: INNOVATIVE IDEAS IN SCIENCE, HEALTH AND TECHNOLOGY – LESSON PLAN             NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20081216tuesday.html?searchpv=learning_lessons

A lesson plan on inventions for grades 6-12. "In this lesson, students investigate historical ideas in science, health and technology from a fresh perspective and create a "History of Ideas" magazine in the spirit of The New York Times Sunday Magazine’s "Year in Ideas 2008."" Excellent

WHOLE CLOTH: DISCOVERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH AMERICAN HISTORY - CURRICULUM UNITS http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/whole_cloth/
Eight curriculum units that look at how the development of textiles shaped American history. Excellent

CHINESE INVENTIONS: AN INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITY – LESSON PLAN
http://www.askasia.org/teachers/Instructional_Resources/Lesson_Plans/China/LP_china_8.htm

Classroom activity on the many inventions developed by the Chinese. Designed to change students’ perceptions that the Chinese are not technologically advanced. Very Good

INVENTORS AND ENTREPRENEURS IN THE INDUSTRIAL AGE – LESSON PLAN
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.cfm?lesson=EM330

A lesson for grades 3-5. An economic spotter can spot economic concepts at work. Task: "You will be given a list of character traits and a list of quotations from Thomas Edison. As you read the quotations, you will check off which character traits you think he has. Then you will focus on your own character traits; after comparing your traits to Edison's, you will write a paragraph on why you would make a good entrepreneur or why you would not." Very Good

INVENTORS AND ENTREPRENEURS – A CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.cfm?lesson=EM62

Not every inventor is an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur will take an invention and pull together the resources to put the product onto the market place. Students learn here the difference between inventors and entrepreneurs and explore the importance of both. Includes activities and resource links. Very Good

INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS – LESSON PLAN
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/Lessons.cfm?DocID=114

A lesson exploring the contributions of diverse people to society for grades 6-8. "Students will use the Inventor of the Week Archives to create and develop a project on American inventions. There are about 150 inventors profiled in this resource. In the first part of the project, the entire class will work on a timeline that will include information on all of the inventors profiled on the site. To do this, assign five or six inventors to each student in the class. Provide Internet time for each student to read their assigned profiles and ask them to write the following information on an index card for each inventor: name, gender, date and place of birth, and the name(s) and date(s) of their invention. Use the index cards to create a timeline of American invention. Ask students to make generalizations about American inventors based on the timeline. For example, how many inventors were women, which regions of the country produce the most inventors, how many of the inventions do we still use today." Very Good

THOMAS EDISON’S INVENTIONS IN THE 1900s AND TODAY – CURRICULUM UNIT
http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=408

A four-lesson unit for grades 3-5. "The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with life and technology around 1900 in order to better understand how Edison influenced both. Through comparing and contrasting life and technology in the early part of the twentieth century with technology found in their own homes and experiences, students will gain a greater understanding of how far the fields of industry and entertainment have progressed since Edison's day and of how Edison's work was the foundation for technology they enjoy today." Very Good

BE INVENTIVE! LESSON PLAN
http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/BeInventive.html

A lesson plan in which students use the elements of machines to develop their own inventions. Good

AN ENTRODUCTION: INVENTION VS. INNOVATION – LESSON PLAN
http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.cfm?lesson=EM155

A lesson for grades 3-8 in which students research inventions to determine which were innovations and learn the difference between the two. Good

FOSSWEB- IDEAS AND INVENTIONS MODULE- GRADES 3-6                     NEW!
http://www.fossweb.com/modules3-6/IdeasandInventions/index.html

The Ideas and Inventions Module consists of four sequential investigations that promote student creativity and inventiveness. Each investigation provides valuable science content while introducing a conventional technique for revealing the unseen. A bit hard to navigate. Good

INVENTIONS 1780-1870 - LESSON PLAN
http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-4812.html

A lesson plan in which students learn about the proliferation of inventions from 1780 to 1870. Good

INVENTIONS - LESSON PLAN
http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/lang/ceclang/ceclang079.html

A lesson plan for grades 7-12 designed to help students understand the relationship between things and words by developing inventions and finding ways to describe them. Sections: Overview, Purpose, Objectives, Resources, Activities, Day Two, Day Three, and Tying It All Together. Good

INVENTIONS WORD SEARCH WORKSHEET
http://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/science/invent/search/

A word search to print out using invention terms such as patent, inspiration, enigma, etc. Good

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS LESSON PLAN
http://www.learningspace.org/instruct/lplan/library/Weaver.html

A high school lesson plan for language arts in which students research inventors and inventions between the years 1870 and 1914 and produce a research paper according to the requirements given. Good

INVENTORS’ CLUB – SCIENCE/ART ACTIVITY
http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/cando/invent.html

A classroom for science or art in which children discuss how machines help us do things and then develop machines to help them do things they want to do. Sections: What You Need, What To Do, and Teaching Options. Good

INVENTORS CROSSWORD PUZZLE             NEW!
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/20031001.html

A crossword puzzle from the New York Times on inventors. Good

JOHN’S WORD SEARCH PUZZLES – INVENTORS
http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/kids/inventors.html

A word search puzzle to print out using the names of inventors. Good

PET INVENTIONS – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/pets/invent.html

An activity for elementary students in which they "invent" something to make their pets’ lives easier. Sections: What You Need, What to Do. Good

THE REAL McCOY – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu/lessons/realmccoy.htm

An activity for elementary students based on the life of Elijah McCoy, an African-American inventor who may have inspired the expression "the real McCoy". This is developed to cover other inventors and inventions. Good

WEBQUESTS

EVOLUTION OF INVENTIONS WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.webquest.org/questgarden/lessons/12829-051221104944/index.htm

A webquest for students in grades 9-10 on inventions throughout history. "This webquest is designed to give beginning level engineering students a foray into design & inventions.  It is intended to allow students to investigate an invention of their choice.  Through their investigation they will see how a product evolves over time.  It is also hoped that they begin to understand the effects that these inventions have on society as well as the effect society has on the evolution of a design.  Students will put their research findings into PowerPoint presentation.  This will be displayed around the classroom to put together a time of design." Excellent

INNOVATION AND INVENTION WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.sabatoweb.com/InnovationWebquest/Innovation&InventionWebquest.html

A webquest on inventions for grades 9-12.
"You will work in small teams (2-4 students) to innovate or invent something by identifying a problem or challenge in your every day lives and creating a new technological solution to the problem. You will produce a prototype or graphical design rendering of your innovation or invention.  You and your team will utilize the Internet to assist you in finding solutions and to determine if your ideas exist. The final step in the project will be for your team to present your prototype or design to the class and relate how it solves a problem." Excellent

INVENTIONS WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.bloomington.k12.mn.us/departments/technology/media/5StarR_Research/InventionsWebquest.htm

A webquest for 2nd grade students on inventions. "You will look at several websites about inventions to decide which invention has the biggest impact on our lives. You will research that invention and create a poster that will convince the second grade teachers which invention is the most important one ever." Excellent

INVENTIONS – WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://www.cap.nsw.edu.au/bb_site_intro/stage2_Modules/inventions/inventions.htm

A webquest on inventions for 5th grade students. "An Alien Spaceship from Planet Zap  has landed on Earth and dropped a team  of scientists onto the planet to investigate useful inventions to take home.  CONGRATULATIONS! You are a member of the team!  As a member of the team your job is to assist in compiling a database of the most important inventions on Planet Earth.   With other members of the team you will need to choose the most useful inventions to take home to Planet Zap." Excellent

INVENTORS AND INVENTIONS WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://ex.susd.org/ebartholomew/

A webquest on inventors and inventions for 3rd grade students. "Did you know that the Popsicle® was invented by accident? An 11 year old boy named, Frank Epperson left his soda with a stirring stick in it on his porch overnight. That night was really cold and his soda froze with the stirring stick in it. Eighteen years later in 1923, Frank started his own business with his new invention. Have you ever wondered who invented the telephone, the teddy bear, or even the pencil you use everyday? During the webquest you will get the chance to research famous inventors and their inventions.  Throughout the webquest you might just become a famous inventor yourself! Good luck on your journey!" Excellent

M & M’S IN SPACE – INVENTION WEBQUEST
http://schoolweb.missouri.edu/moniteau.k12.mo.us/mathys/mandmwebquest.html

A webquest for middle school students in which they research conditions in space in order to invent an M&M dispenser that will work on the space shuttle. Excellent

SIMPLE MACHINES INVENTION WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.jsd.k12.ak.us/~wittigs/sm/intro.html

A webquest for elementary students and up on inventions.
"It is your job in this WebQuest to invent a new machine.  Not just any machine, but a compound machine based on the work of Rube Goldberg.  You will need to use at all six simple machines at least once in an unusual arrangement to accomplish a simple task. 
Rube doesn't have much time until his next cartoon is due so he is asking that you work with others as you complete the first part of this project.  You need learn about patents, research simple machines and Rube Goldberg. Each of you will make your own wacky invention (mostly at home) and try to convince the patent board that your invention will benefit the most people and reap the most money."
We found some broken links on this site. Excellent

CHOCOLATE COVERED CREATIONS WEBQUEST
http://mws.mcallen.isd.tenet.edu/tiftech/ci/projects/radame/aajWebquest.html

A webquest for middle school students in which they research chocolate and invent a new candy bar and prepare to market it. "Using the internet web sites below, you will research the history of chocolate. During your delicious adventure you will tour a chocolate factory, create a new candy bar, develop a slogan, design an advertisement, and be prepared to sell your famous new candy bar!" Note: We found a broken link on this site. Very Good

CONVENIENCE FOOD INVENTION WEBQUEST                     NEW!
http://www.whsfamilylife.com/conv_invention/intro.html

A webquest for high school students on inventing a convenience food. "The leading Manufacturer of convenience foods has a monopoly on the industry. You, the young, industrious, talented and creative cook and business person that you are want to cash in on this very lucrative business. You have decided to cash in on this popular food industry trend of convenience foods, as well as the "eating for good health" trend. You meet with two friends and decide to develop a new product, a healthy convenience food, that is not already on the market today. Who knows this healthy new convenience product just might make you and your friends millionaires! Possibly billionaires!!" We found some broken links on this site. Excellent

EXPLORING SIMPLE MACHINES WEBQUEST
http://www.lakelandschools.org/EDTECH/Machines/Machines.htm

A webquest for 4th grade science students. "Your project will be to invent and build a simple machine that can be used in one of the following places:  •garden/farm •kitchen/restaurant •office/school •garage •on a boat" Very Good

FAMOUS INVENTORS WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://www.gmpdc.org/webquests/vesey/index.htm

A webquest for 5th grade students on inventors.
"You are representing a famous inventor at the World Science Fair in Hudson, New Hampshire.  The Committee of International Science and Technology is going to decide which invention is the most important invention of all time.
As a group, you need to choose one invention, market your inventor’s original invention and describe how it has changed or stayed the same over the centuries.  You must also support why it is the most important invention of all time.  If your invention is chosen, you and your inventor will each win $100,000,000!How are you going to market your inventor and his invention for the 21st century?"
Excellent

INVENTION WEBQUEST                         NEW!
http://www.west.asu.edu/achristie/548/02WQ/Deirdre/index2.htm

A webquest on inventions for elementary students.
"Have you ever seen an invention and thought, "Hey, I could have invented that!". Maybe you DO have an inventor's mind... it's time to find out. Over the next three to four weeks you will be learning about inventions. You will use various books, computer software, and internet resources to support your studies. You will participate in cooperative groups, work independently, produce projects, and read, write, discuss, create, and research." Excellent

INVENTIONS- AMERICA’S BEST WEBQUEST
http://www.tccsa.net/webquest/cole_johnson/#Group%20Process

A webquest for middle school students in which they form teams to research American inventions and determine which five inventions had the most impact on our society. "As a team, you will explore American inventors and their inventions.  Each member of your team will research and will become knowledgeable about great American inventions from four points of view.  You will then get together to share your information in the quest to identify the five most important American inventions." Very Good

INVENTIONS DISCOVERED BY MISTAKE – WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://www.lockhartisd.org/~elemresource/teachers/tag/inventions/inventor.html

A webquest for primary students on accidental inventions. "Oh no, you just dropped the jar of peanut butter on the floor and it splattered everywhere.  You bend down to clean up the mess and realize you need another towel and when you reach up to the counter to get it you accidentally knock your chocolate candy bar on the floor too!  Man, what a mess.  You really wanted both of these snacks.  You decide that instead of throwing it all away you may as well enjoy some of it so you take a bite--peanut butter and chocolate--kinda tasty together and voila, a new candy bar has been invented.  Instead of just making a mess on the kitchen floor you have provided the world with their favorite snack!" Doesn’t use any outside links. Very Good

INVENTIONS WEBQUEST                 NEW!
http://research.education.purdue.edu/challenge/webquest/2001_2002/Showalter/index.htm

A webquest for 6th grade students on inventions. "This unit is called An Introduction to Technology & one of our main activities during this unit will be to complete this WebQuest about Inventions! This activity is for 6th grade Technology students at Tuttle Middle School here in good old Crawfordsville Indiana. Students are going to use some links on the web to locate information about all kinds of inventions throughout our history. Things like who invented what, what's it good for, why do we need it & when was it invented. Students will be guided toward a vast amount of information about inventions, but they will be required to choose certain types of inventions, that fit into specific categories." We found some broken links on this site. You’ll need to add your own. Very Good

INVENTORS WHO HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD – WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://its.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/inventors/inventors.htm

A webquest on inventors for upper elementary students.
"Did you ever wonder what your life would be like if we did not have electric lights, washing machines, cars, or computers? Our world changes every time there is an important invention. We will learn about the lives of great inventors and how they achieved their goals. Take a moment to think about which inventions are most important to you. Through this exploration you may discover how these inventions were created!" We found some broken links on this site. You will need to add your own. Very Good

INVESTIGATING INVENTIONS WEBQUEST
http://www.campbell.k12.ky.us/links/webquest/inventions/invent.htm

A webquest for upper elementary students in which they research inventions and then develop an Invention Memory Game based on what they learned. Very Good

SIMPLE MACHINES INVENTION WEBQUEST             NEW URL!
http://cfievalladolid2.net/tecno/recursos/webquest/Simple%20Machines%20Webquest.htm

A webquest for upper elementary students in which they research the principles of simple machines (i.e. lever, wedge, pulley, etc.) and use them to design a machine. "NEWS FLASH--- Rube Goldberg, (click here:Machine Contest ) a famous wacky machine cartoonist, has lost his creativity.  He is sending out a mass alert to children everywhere with imaginations to help him.  The only problem is that the patent board needs to patent your invention so that Rube can use it." Very Good

TO FLY….IS EVERYTHING – A VIRTUAL MUSEUM COVERING THE INVENTION OF THE AIRPLANE             NEW!
http://invention.psychology.msstate.edu/

Sections: Library, Images, Patents, Inventors, Merchandise, Models, Simulator (download a 1903 Wright flyer simulator), Tale and Links. Very Good

THE WEIRD, WACKY INVENTION WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://schools.webster.k12.mo.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=21700&sc_id=1157746402

A webquest for elementary students on inventions. "
Your task is to find the strangest, the most unusual, the weirdest and the wackiest invention of all time. Not only must you find it, but you must be able to defend your selection. What makes your choice the strangest, the most totally unusual, the wackiest, not to mention the weirdest invention of all time? You must give at least 5 reasons to back up your decision. Be sure to include the name of the inventor and the purpose and how the the invention works in your rationale. In addition, you must also complete the following: ● create a computer drawing of the invention you select ● write and perform a commercial for the invention ● create a Power Point Presentation that will persuade the Museum's curator, Mrs. Ward to feature your selection in the Project Plus "Believe or Not Exhibition." Very Good

IMAGINATIVE INVENTIONS WEBQUEST
http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/crc/webquest/inventions/inventions.html

A webquest for 2nd grade in which students learn about inventions, perform invention activities and then write about their favorite invention. Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Good

IMAGINATIVE INVENTIONS WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/crc/webquest/inventions/inventions.html

A webquest for 2nd grade students on inventions. "Have you ever dreamt of becoming a world-famous inventor like Thomas Edison? Or have you ever dreamt of creating your very own invention yourself? Go on this quest to learn more about inventions and the famous inventors who created them." All four links on this site are broken. You will have to replace them. You can use other links from this list. Good

SIMPLE MACHINES INVENTION WEBQUEST             NEW!
http://www.sbac.edu/~stanfogb/machine.htm

A webquest for elementary students on inventions with simple machines. "It is your job in this Web Quest to invent a new machine.  You will work in pairs to invent a simple machine to accomplish a simple task.  In your group you need to make an invention and describe how it will simplify a task." We found several broken links on this site. You will need to add your own. Good

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