- Easier - Inventors
are persons who think of, create, or make something
that is new.
- Harder - To invent
something means to create a new device, come up with a
new process, or to make a new product. Invention is
closely related to, but different than discovery. A
discovery is the first recognition of something that
already existed in nature. Invention is the creation
of something that has never existed before.
- Invention is also closely related to innovation.
An innovation is a change in the way something is
done. An innovation may make an invention accessible
to more people, thereby increasing its use. But again,
the original invention already existed. The innovation
is a change that is made to the invention.
- Here you can read profiles of famous inventors,
including winners of the Lemelson-MIT Prize. Each week
a new inventor is featured, with archives of past
- Another easy-to-read site:
- 2) Zoom Inventors and Inventions http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/indexa.shtml
Kid's Inventor Resources
- An invention is a new way of solving a problem.
Most inventions are made possible by those inventors
who have proceeded us. If you want to invent, look at
what is wrong with things you use now.
- A terrific netlinks site to all kinds of
information about inventors and inventions.
- Inventure Place is dedicated to the creative
process. It is a museum that contains the National
Inventors Hall of Fame, a laboratory where you can
explore your curiosity, where you can discover the
- After exploring several of the websites,
complete one or more of the following
- Complete the Inventive Episodes.
Go to Headbone
Derby - Invention Snatchers and complete
the online activities for grades 4 through 8,
where you learn the fundamentals of Internet
research and discover ideas about inventors
and how inventions come to be.
- Invent Your Own Toys. Follow the
instruction posted at the Build
It Yourself Laboratory to build your own
whimsical contraptions and remote controlled
toys, while learning about famous inventors,
or visit the top secret laboratory. You may
get ideas at the Wacky
Patent of the Month site devoted to
recognizing selected inventors and their
remarkable and unconventional patented
inventions. If you are into Legos, you will
probably want to visit Mindstorms
for ideas, tips, and tricks about Lego
inventions. Also you can visit Toys
Were Us (Discovery Online) to learn how
some of our favorite toys came to be.
- Enter An Invention Contest. The
Inventors Awards Program challenges
students to use creativity and imagination
along with science, technology, and
mechanical ability to invent or modify a
tool. Program is open to all students in
grades 2&endash;5 and 6&endash;8 in the
United States and the U.S. Territories. All
entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST)
on March 10, 2000.
- Complete An Inventions WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at one
of the following WebQuests:
- 1) African-American Inventors by Mary
Haney Eureka! (Grade 6-8) http://www.memphis-
- 2) Eureka! A WebQuest on Inventions by
Harriet Pahn http://www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us/admin/tlapages/eureka.htm
- 3) WebQuest Invention http://www.wsd1.org/LitOnline/invention.htm
- 4) Necessity is the Mother of
Invention by Cynthia Rigsby http://curry.edschool.Virginia.EDU/go/edis771/98webquests/studen
- 5) Inventors and Inventions http://mikton.net/student/wq_4L.htm
- 6) What
is the Invention of the Millennium?
- 7) Investigating Inventions http://www.campbell.k12.ky.us/links/webquest/inventions/invent.htm
of Toys and Games (The History Channel)
- Explore a timeline of when toys were invented,
stories of the inventors behind such classic toys as
Barbie and Slinky, and more.
(National Geographic World)
- Site contains shockwave-based invention games, a
bibliography, and web links on invention.
Inventor Resources by Ronald J. Riley
- This links-site connects to websites about
inventors and inventions.
Pages (U.S. Patent and Trademark
- Here you can find information about patents,
trademarks, and copyright as well as plenty of games,
puzzles, and links to other sites.
What It Takes To Be An Inventor
- Here you find tips on how to think like an
- This site is loaded with science and invention
resources just for kids in elementary, junior high and
high school. It also contains chatrooms and bulletin
boards, forums - places to meet other kids and discuss
- Here you learn about the man, the cartoons, and
the contest that he inspired
of Inventions Timeline
- See an interesting timeline on a variety of
Inventors and Inventions
- This ThinkQuest site profiles twelve great
inventors and their inventions.
Inventors & Engineers
- African Americans who have made contributions to
- This website spotlights ideas, inventions, and
Inventors Hall of Fame
- Here you can read short biographies of the honored
Inventors and Innovation
- Site includes brief histories of famous inventors
and inventions including Albert Einstein, the
telegraph, the light bulb, and the computer.
Biography: Inventors (Smithsonian
- Site contains brief biographies and links for
famous inventors including Ben Franklin, Thomas
Jefferson, Wilbur Wright, and others.
Patent of the Month by Michael J. Colitz,
- This website is devoted to recognizing selected
inventors and their remarkable and unconventional
- A Few More Famous Inventors
Graham Bell - The Inventor
- Here you can read about a number of the great
inventions that Alexander Graham Bell made in his
- Other Sites About Bell:
- Pathway to the Telephone http://www.iath.virginia.edu/albell/homepage.html
- Alexander Graham Bell http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/inventor/bell.html
- Bell-Inventor Profile http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/11.html
- This is a comprehensive web site on Leonardo da
Vinci which includes five lesson plans for hands-on
National Historic Site
- Learn about the American inventor of motion
pictures, electric light, and the phonograph.
- Other Edison Sites:
- Edison Birthplace Museum http://www.tomedison.org/
- Test Edison Knowledge http://www.minot.k12.nd.us/mps/edison/edison/edison.html
- Scientist and Inventor http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/inventor/edison.html
Franklin (Spectrum magazine)
- Here is a brief biography of this inventor and
- Other Franklin Sites:
- World of Franklin http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html
- A Documentary History http://www.english.udel.edu/lemay/franklin/
- An Autobiography http://earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/
McCoy: Inventor and Engineer (African Americans in
- This site is a biography site of the inventor who
inspired the term "the real McCoy."
- Another McCoy Site:
- Elijah McCoy http://www.ncalifblackengineers.org/Elijah%20McCoy.htm
- Brief Biography http://www.bccns.com/elijah.htm
- Easy Biography http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/page/m/mccoy.shtml
Morse Historic Site
- Information on Samuel Morse life and
- More Sites:
- Invention Dimension http://web.mit.edu/invent/www/inventorsI-Q/morse.html
- Telegraph http://www.150.si.edu/150trav/remember/r819.htm
- Samuel Morse http://www.rod.beavon.clara.net/samuel.htm
- Hall of Fame http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/106.html
- Site of a biography of the inventor of blue
- This is the original George Westinghouse
- Here you will find the George Westinghouse
- Teacher Sites
- Search by alphabet for inventors.
and Inventions Unit
- Inventors and Inventions Internet Resources.
Activities on Ben Franklin
- This site contains a number of activities.
Collaborative Invention Unit
- What makes an inventor special?
a New Kind of Pencil
- Here are ideas for teaching a lesson on inventing
a new kind of pencil. The site has a link to a similar
page on inventing a new kind of eraser also.
- This tour is designed for teachers to use as a
resource and guide when planning a unit on inventions
cumulating with an 'Invention Convention', where
students display and explain their invention to their
peers, teachers and parents.
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1/99, Updated, 7/00.
Updated by Nancy