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Topic Eighty-nine: Inventions & Inventors During the 19th Century



Hershey Chocolate Bar

Inventions and Inventing
 
 
A Project for Creative Minds to "Be Used"
For the Student


Milton Snavely Hershey, Inventor
of the Hershey Bar
TASKS:

If you are on your own, and can work on this as long as you like, then do all things on the list.  Your teacher may have you do only certain parts.  Have fun learning about Inventions and Inventing.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

#1--  RESEARCH AND LEARNING ABOUT GREAT INVENTORS OF THE PAST

a.  . . .Go to the MIT Inventors Archive database of "Inventors of the Week".   Read about  "5" entries. 

b.  . . .Enter the Enchanted Learning Inventors site and view and read about "5"  inventors and inventions.

c.  . . .Enter the Great Idea:Idea Finder and read about "5" inventors and inventions.

d.  . . .From these "5,"  select "3 or 4" to complete a profile data sheet.  Get the data sheet here.

e.  . . .Go to About.com to see what other kids have invented.  [you can't use their ideas, though]


#2-- BE AN INVENTOR
Work by yourself, or maybe your teacher will have you work with a small group

a.  . . .Brainstorm (think-by-listing) of two or three "need-problems," and what could be invented to take care of them.  Think of an invention as a useful and practical solution to a problem.

b. . . .Brainstorm again, to come up with a written plan-of-action on how to actually make an invention/, including the how-to's, materials and equipment necessary, as well as who would do what in the group (if a group project).

c. . . .make the final blue-print pencil drawing and descriptive plan of the invention. Gather necessary materials/equipment from home to put the invention together.
 



#3-- PRESENTING YOUR INVENTION

Show and tell your invention through a presentation to the class or whoever would like to see what you did.  Plan this out a little bit so it will be organized:

  • State the problem or need
  • Show how the invention works or "will work"
  • Let the audience actually manipulate it.

 

#4-- CHECK OUT THE PATENT PROCEDURE FOR YOUR INVENTION

Visit the U.S. Patent Office Kids Site, and learn about Patenting.

#5-- SAMUEL MORSE AND THE INVENTION OF THE TELEGRAPH:  LEARNING MORSE CODE AND BUILDING YOUR OWN TELEGRAPH SYSTEM  

Go Here for Details and Directions.