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Students identify particular 19th Century invention/inventor in the 19th century that is of interest to them, conduct research on that person and his/her invention, and prepare report of findings in form of paper, Powerpoint presentation, or other technology.
Inspire children to learn and create by teaching the history of female inventors during National Inventors Month.
Seventh graders research a famous invention or inventor using NebraskAcess databases. They distinguish between the differences of a database and a web site. Students determine how to evaluate the information found on various web sites. They select an invention or inventor, take notes, write a written report and create a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the background of their inventor.
Students complete a unit on inventors and inventions. They explore various websites, outline the components in the invention cycle, develop a table of Renaissance inventions, create a poster, prepare an interview with a famous inventor, and develop a table of female inventors and their inventions.
Students explore inventing. In this historical inventions activity, students research inventions of the past and their inventors. Students also examine the inventive process and use problem solving skills to create original inventions.
Students are be able to analyze primary sources for evidence of Inventors and Inventions from the turn of the 20th century. They identify how these inventions impact their lives today.
Students identify various inventions and their inventors. As a class, they compare and contrast the Industrial Age with the Information Age and determine the difference between inventions, adaptations and discoveries. They discuss how the invention of the computer is leading us into an even more deeper Information Age.
Students examine inventions and guess what they are and who invented them. In this inventors lesson students work in groups; each group is given a box with a picture of an invention and other clues.  They must guess what the invention is and who created it.
Students design websites that feature medical advancements. In this medical advancements lesson, students research the history of medical inventions and discoveries. Students feature their findings on webpages they create.
Fourth graders study inventors and inventions, and how they change the world. They research an inventor and create a slideshow describes the person's attributes. They use their own creativity to design an invention which they promote in a brochure.
Students explore human discovery by reading historical stories in class. In this inventors lesson, students define the terms scientist, invention, inventor and discovery before discussing the many differences between them. Students read stories about Benjamin Franklin and George Washington Carver, completing a worksheet about the two after.
Tomorrow's engineers visit an intriguing website about inventions that have changed the way we live. Biographies of child inventors on the suggested website aren't easy to find, so make sure to find some stories to share in place of them. The lesson doesn't make the same impact without them. From here, youngsters imagine being inventors themselves. This would be a neat lesson to use at the beginning of an engineering class or a unit on technology.
Use this lesson to discuss inventions that have changed your class's world and have impacted society. Middle schoolers investigate important inventions of their time and design an invention in a simulated business atmosphere. Modify this lesson to reflect the writing unit you are currently working on.
Students gather information using a variety of references and create mobiles of inventions or scientific discoveries.
Learners research how Velcro and sticky notes were invented. For this research report, students use the Internet to learn about how to common inventions came to be. Learners write a report about their findings.
Learners brainstorm a list of inventions that have affected their lives. In groups, they use the internet to research a specific inventor and their invention. They use the information to write two paragraphs and share their information with the class.
Learners research and write reports about inventions and inventors. They develop graphic organizers to organize their information, and create reports on the impact of inventors and inventions.
Students study invention steps and design their own invention. In this invention lesson, students discuss inventions and the process of inventing. Studnets write in an inventor's journal and study various types of inventions. Students study the invention process and complete worksheets for a lift structure and robot effector.
Students create an invention. In this scientific technology activity, students discuss inventors and how their inventions helped others. Students brainstorm ideas for inventions and their rationale behind it. In small teams, students construct models or drawings of their new invention.
Third graders create a timeline of inventions and inventors made out of light colored bulletin board paper.

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