There are so many ideas for your students on inventions. With the focus on STEM, I want to share some of my classroom resources.
I love reading the amazing stories behind famous inventions. For example, Silly Putty was actually invented as synthetic rubber during World War II. There was a shortage of rubber because the military needed the rubber for tires, aircraft, boots, etc. and Japan had bombed the factories. The book Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Great Inventions by Don Wulffson shares more stories like Silly Putty.
Activities and Ideas
I want to share a couple of my favorite products about Inventions and Inventors. I have a complete unit called Inventor's Notebook. This unit takes the students through the invention process with problem-solving activities such as Scamper, Rube Goldberg activities, create a game and more. I've also provided pictures from our Invention Convention and website resources.
And, students can learn about famous inventors and their inventions with this unit. While learning about these famous people, they can watch a PowerPoint about the qualities of an inventor. I've also provided two reading passages to along with the unit.
Watch this fun video that's a great example of a Rube Goldberg Invention. This product was a first place winner!