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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?


Other famous Ben Franklin inventions

 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 what Steve Wozniak invented.


How old was he when he made the first personal 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 a search engine to find him.




7. Select a Mother of Invention. Write 3 facts about her or her invention.



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 "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


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

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 | Innovators in Computing

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posted 10/2002 by Cynthia J O'Hora. Updated 3/2020

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

Tip of the hat to Cathleen Lykens for her help keeping this hunt current!

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