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An invention is a new thing that someone has made. The computer was an invention when it was first made. We say when it was “invented”. New things that are made or created are called inventions. Cars and plastics are inventions that everyone knows. Inventions are made by inventors. See the fact file below for more information on Inventors and Inventions or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Inventors and Inventions Facts
- An invention is defined as a device, method or process developed from study and experimentation.
- When an invention is created it can be protected by a patent. A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state or national government given to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention.
- Sometimes a device is invented before there is a need. For example, the can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced, and traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.
- Most of the time an invention is created because of a need. For example, before the invention of the thermometer, the brewers of beer used to check the temperature by dipping their thumb into the mixture to find whether the temperature was appropriate for adding yeast. If it was too hot, the yeast would die. This is where we get the phrase ” The Rule of the Thumb”.
- Many historians consider the wheel, the spear, the knife, and the arrow as the earliest inventions. They were created because of the need to hunt , provide protection and transportation.
- The earliest inventions were made out of what was available to the people. Wood was used for spears shafts. Rocks were used for the blade of a spear or a knife. Bones were used for needles.
- Some of the most important inventions are considered to be the cotton gin, the automobile, the telephone, the electric light, the printing press, the steam engine, the camera, the computer, the sewing machine and the television.
- Some of the most famous inventors are: Archimedes, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Johannes Gutenberg, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Eli Whitney, the Wright Brothers, John Baird,
- Henry Ford, George Eastman, and Heinrich Hertz.
- There are also many women inventors, however they are not as famous as their male counterparts. Where would the world be if Mary Anderson had not invented the windshield wiper for the automobile, or Margaret Knight who invented a machine that created flat-bottom paper bags?
Inventors and Inventions Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Inventors and Inventions Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about great inventors and the inventions that changed history forever.
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- Inventors and Inventions Facts
- Ancient Inventions
- Eureka Moments!
- Greatest Inventors
- Mapping Places of Innovation
- Who, What, When?
- Women Inventors
- Issues and Controversies
- Air and Space Exploration
- Let’s Make It Easy!
- I am an Inventor!
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