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Invention for Kids

You don't have to be a Wright brother to invent something great. People invent all the time as they solve the everyday problems life presents. In doing so, they learn to manage materials, make things strong, and make things work.

Science and math come in handy while inventing, and you may find yourselves learning new science and math to solve a particularly thorny problem.

Invention history gives us an inventor's view of the past. We find out what made a particular invention both necessary and practical.

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Inventor and Inventing: More Resources

Notebooks of Alexander Graham Bell: http://www.iath.virginia.edu/~meg3c/id/AGB/toc.html.

Famous inventors: http://www.b-link.co.uk/ckn/inventors/

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation: http://www.si.edu/lemelson (Check out the "Centerpieces" section.)

Patent Cafe - Invention site for kids, with inventing club, workshop, and famous inventor's info: http://kids.patentcafe.com

FAQ about patents: http://www.patent-law.com/patent.html

Inventor's Hall of Fame: http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_1_search.asp:

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Inventive Thinking Curriculum: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/projxl/invthink/invthink.htm

Headbone Derby (invention): http://ykd.headbone.com/derby/invent

Kids Invent invention club and tools: http://www.invention-engine.com

Leonardo DaVinci: http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/LeoHomePage.html

DaVinci's codex notebooks: http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/codex

Rube Goldberg: http://www.rube-goldberg.com/

Engine's of our Ingenuity radio show: http://www.uh.edu/admin/engines/engines.htm

U.S. Patent and Trademark kids' pages: http://www.uspto.gov/go/kids/

"Who invented the..." list of inventions their inventors: http://library.christchurch.org.nz/Childrens/FactSheets/WhoInventedIt.asp





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