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Inventors and Inventions Internet Hunt
"An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots." Charles Kettering

Directions: Use the links provided to find the answers to the questions. This hunts takes you to the web site with the answer,
rather than right to the page.
Once you dig up the answer, use the Go Menu of your browser to return to this hunt page.

1. Benjamin Franklin invented the odometer. What does it do?

 

Why did he invent it?

 

 2. Just the other day you had a great idea for an invention.
Which agency of the government should you contact to protect your ownership of the idea?

 

 

What is the exclusive right to make, use, or sell an invention called?

 

 

What is a trademark?

 

 

TAI - You recognize trademarks everywhere. Name a trademark not listed in the article. Don't complain, Just do it!

 

3. Use the resources at the National Inventors Hall of Fame to find out who invented the personal computer.
How old was the person when they made their first computer?

 

 

4. Pick one other inventor at the National Inventors Hall of Fame site.

Write 3 facts about the inventor.

 

 

 

5. What happened that got Ole Evinrude thinking about inventing a gas engine for boats?

 

 

 

6. What did James T. Russell invent? Use Search to find him.

 

 

 

7. Select a Mother of Invention. Write 3 facts about her or her invention.
(This is a multipage web site. Follow the links at the bottom of each page to view pages on women inventors.)

 

 

8. Why did Thomas Jefferson find his polygraph machine so very handy?

 

9. Should Gordon Gould have been given the patent for the laser?

 

Use your online research skills to learn -

10. George Washington Carver said, "Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
Who was he and what were a few of his accomplishments?

 

 

11. Plato said it, "....................................... is the mother of invention" Fill in the blank.
Rule of search:
If you enter the words mother of invention in the search box, you will get: all the quotes with the word "mother" AND all the quotes with the word "of" AND all the quotes with the word "invention". UGH!
A smart internet searcher: Puts the phrase inside quotation marks to match all the words together. Enter- "mother of invention"

12. How do Krysta Morlan's inventions prove Plato's point?

 

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison

checkChallenges:

Watch video - "Mastery in anything is a really good predictor of mastery in the thing you want done." Randy Nelson, Pixar University

Take this chronological tour of photos of telephones. For each picture write a brief description.
Consider materials used in construction, shape, size, visible parts. Pay special attention to the changes.

Check out the interactive areas on the NPS - Thomas Edison site Try the test

Garrett Yazzie, 13, invents solar heater for his family's home | Junk Yard Genius

High School Student is Biofuel Whiz-kid | 12-year-old Revolutionizes the Solar Cell

Lunar Society and the Homebrew Computer Club | Computer People

Explore the web site Invention at Play - http://www.inventionatplay.org/ | Learn about inventors at the World Almanac site

The Branding of America at the LOC site - Use your online research skills to find a product from your state or region. Who Invented it?


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posted 10/2002 by Cynthia J O'Hora. Updated 2/2009

12/2007 Released to public domain in honor of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.
They have revolutionized our lives by Thinking Different. Thanks gentleman!


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