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Explore the stories of inventors, both famous and little-known, whose creative habits of mind began in childhood play and resulted in a variety of useful contributions.
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2003 Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
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Keywords: engineering, history, innovation, invention
Record Creator: Metadata Instance Creation Date November 21, 2003 by Kyle Whipple
Record Updated: Aug 24, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
Other Collections:
Inventors' Stories (Editor: Indianapolis Children's Museum)
Date: 10/28/2004

This month we review "Inventors' Stories," part of Invention at Play, offered by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (Smithsonian Institution). This site offers stories, well illustrated with photos and drawings, on the lives and achievements of 32 inventors. The photos of the inventors as children, surrounded by things they have built, are particularly appealing.

The inventions are carefully chosen to be devices that will interest students and the general public, including the microwave oven, robotic ants, unfolding structures, Scotchgard™, and the Post-It Note™. The inventors are profiled, and each link is named with a question to focus the reader on what is to come, like "What does Mclurkin want his robots to do?" Inventors are grouped by theme, such as "Keep Making It Better," "Borrow From Nature," and "Recognize the Unusual." There's so much on this site that it's necessary to visit the site map to make sure that you've seen it all.

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(Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Washington, 2003), WWW Document, (https://invention.si.edu/explore/invention-stories).
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Invention at Play: Invention Stories (Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Washington, 2003), <https://invention.si.edu/explore/invention-stories>.
APA Format
Invention at Play: Invention Stories. (2003). Retrieved May 22, 2024, from Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation: https://invention.si.edu/explore/invention-stories
Chicago Format
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Invention at Play: Invention Stories. Washington: Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, 2003. https://invention.si.edu/explore/invention-stories (accessed 22 May 2024).
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Invention at Play: Invention Stories. Washington: Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, 2003. 22 May 2024 <https://invention.si.edu/explore/invention-stories>.
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@misc{ Title = {Invention at Play: Invention Stories}, Publisher = {Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {22 May 2024}, Year = {2003} }
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