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Invention: The Invention Crusade
unit will help students in Grades 5 and 6 to explore the process
of developing an idea into an invention. Students are asked
to invent and construct a working model or prototype of a
gadget that will help a small child to do a household task.
The culminating event is a “Kids Better Living Home
Show” where the young inventors will explain their ideas
behind their gadget and give other elementary students an
opportunity to try the new inventions.
"Students learned that technology
has influenced our way of life." (Susan H., 5th grade teacher, Westerville, OH)
- Explain and demonstrate how ideas
can become inventions by using an engineering design process.
- Recognize that products are invented
to meet specific needs and wants.
- Describe the general characteristics
of famous inventors and their inventions.
- Document their inventive thinking
with sketches and notations, in an Inventor's Journal.
units contain teacher background information, handouts,
transparency masters, and a student packet
unit is designed to integrate mathematics and science
with technology and take 8 to 10 days.
"This material is based upon work supported by the National
Science Foundation under Grant No. 0095922.""Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations
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of the National Science Foundation."