Just about everyone can find something useful, if not fascinating, at this site! This resource from the Lemelson-MIT program celebrates inventors and helps you learn more about invention.
You can go to Historical Inventors to learn about great inventors from history and today. Browse alphabetically, or search by keyword or invention category to find inventors of items as diverse as the trampoline, windshield wipers, and the reflecting telescope. If you're interested in making some cool things yourself, go to the Howtoons section to get started, then head to the Inventor Handbook, where you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about what to do if you have an invention or an idea for one. In the Videos section, you can watch interviews with inventors and videos that feature activities that you can do. In addition, you can look at the JV InvenTeam Educators to find activity books and other resources for K-12 educators and students. Finally, in the Invention Resources section you can find some additional resources for invention inspiration.
There is also, of course, great information about MIT and its science programs, inventor workshops, and awards. And any entrepreneurs with an idea for a new gadget or invention can find out about patents and how to turn their imagination into reality. The information here is very well organized and contains nice graphics.
The Lemelson-MIT Program site is a useful resource for your students and you. It can provide a lot of inspiration for students who are interested in developing their own inventions. It also can provide useful resources to help you to help lead your students on their invention journey.
You can use this resource in your classroom in a number of ways. You could direct your students to the Inventor Archive where they can learn about and be inspired by the inventors profiled there. Or you could engage your students with the Howtoons stories that entertain as well as inform students about how they can make their own inventions. Check out the rest of the site, including the tabs at the top on events and grants, to find out more ways you can help your students become inventors.
Inventions 1: Edison and the Light Bulb
K-2 | Hands-On
3-5 | Hands-On
Inventors and Innovators
Organisms in Motion: Practical Applications of Biological Research
9-12 | Video
K-12 | Hands-On