Innovation & Invention

Our plastic problem and how to solve it

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DOWNLOAD VIDEO   Directions: Read the summary with your students, watch the video (if helpful, follow along with the transcript) and then answer the discussion…read more

Lesson plan: How inventions are saving sea turtles

Lesson Plan

Students will research different ways to curb poaching of sea turtles and design their own invention to help protect endangered species. Continue reading

Lesson plan: Solar invention makes safety and production levels shine

Lesson Plan

Hit the lights, please! In this lesson, students will learn about emerging technologies that are bringing new light sources to remote, poor areas of the world. Students will then invent their own light source using the steps of the invention process and share it via social media using #PBSInvention. Continue reading

Lesson plan: How “impact inventing” could help fight Lyme Disease

Lesson Plan

In this STEM lesson, students will watch the PBS NewsHour video, “Could genetically engineered mice reduce Lyme disease?”, and design their own inventions that could help solve public health issues. Continue reading

Lesson plan: Invent your own device to battle invasive species

Lesson Plan

Stunning fish who were once kept as pets are destroying Florida’s coral reef ecosystem. In this PBS NewsHour lesson plan, students will learn how scientists are using a new invention, a lionfish zapping robot, to combat this harmful invasive species. They will then create their own invention to ward off invasive species in their community or region. Continue reading

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