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Five lesson plans teaching the power of invention

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Are you looking for lesson plans focusing on scientific innovation and invention? Click on the 5 PBS NewsHour lessons below to explore inventions that are battling invasive species, finding untapped renewable energy and more. Continue reading

Lesson plan: How renewable energy protects the environment

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In this PBS NewsHour lesson, students will explore inventions that harness the power of water to make electricity. Students will then sketch, model or build an invention that uses renewable energy and helps protect the environment. Continue reading

Lesson plan: How new inventions help people with injuries and disabilities

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For decades, technology has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities and injuries. In this PBS NewsHour lesson, students will learn about the invention…read more

Lesson plan: Bot or not? How fake social media accounts affect democracy

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Social media is an important tool for learning about current events and practicing active and informed citizenship. However, fake Twitter accounts called ‘bots’ have been used to try to influence public opinion—and not always for the better. Continue reading

Lesson plan: Invent an app that helps your community

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Several young entrepreneurs in California’s rural Salinas Valley are inventing new apps to boost the economy and bring about new jobs. In this PBS NewsHour lesson, students will also have the opportunity to design their own app that helps their community. Continue reading

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