How do you become a great inventor?

How do you become a great inventor?

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What kinds of inventions do you think we will have when you are an adult?

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Anurudh Ganesan by Google Science Fair
Back to the Future 2 by Universal via MovieClips
Cellphone teleporter by Star Trek
Defiant doors and cooridors by Star Trek
First Flying Machines - Failures and Mishaps Footage Archive by Footage Archive , used under Public Domain
From Tinkering to Invention - Ann Makosinski by Forbes
Harine Ravichandran by Google Science Fair
Josephine Cochrane by The Bowery Boys , used under Public Domain
Katharina Paulus by Wikimedia , used under CC BY
Katharina Paulus poster by German Patent and Trademark Office , used under Public Domain
Rocket powered ice skater fails by YouTube user Okrajoe , used under Public Domain
Shopping, sliding doors, customers by Pond5/Konstantin
Spot mini by Boston Dynamics

Activity Prep

Print Prep

In this mini-lesson, students are introduced to the surprisingly important role of “failure” in the process of developing solutions to problems. In the activity, Bobby Dropper, students try to save a falling bobby pin from a crash landing by inventing a paper device to slow the fall. They work like inventors, learning from their failures — and learning that failures are part of the invention process!

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Exploration

8 mins

Wrap-Up

3 mins

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