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ERIC Number: ED480604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Invention at Play. Educators' Manual.
Judd, Michael; Lacasse, Jane; Smith, Monica; Reilly, Katie
A Smithsonian exhibition was developed that looked at invention in an innovative way. It aimed to encourage visitors to make connections between their own lives and abilities and those of inventors. The role of play in the invention process was examined. Play is a universal and familiar activity and can help people find the link between their own experiences and those of the famed inventors in history books. This educators' manual is divided into the seven sections: (1) "Introduction Why Invention and Play?"; (2) "Exhibition Description"; (3) "Playful Inventors" (Borrow from Nature: Inventors: Alexander Graham Bell, Paul McCready, Activities; Keep Making It Better: Inventors: Newman Darby, Sally Fox, Activity; Find Opportunities in Obstacles: Inventors: Ann Moore, Krysta Morlan, Activity; Recognize the Unusual: Inventors: Stephanie Kwolek, Art Fry, Activity; Jump the Tracks: Inventors: James McLurkin, Chuck Hoberman, Activities; Many Heads Are Better Than One: Inventors: IDEO Company, Thomas Edison and Menlo Park, Activity); (4) "The Invention Playhouse"; (5) "Issues in Play Past, Present, and Future"; (6) "Invention and Play Quotations"; and (7) "Teacher Resources and References." (BT)
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20560. Tel: 202-357-3306; Fax: 202-357-4945; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.