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No Crystal Ball Necessary: Inventions to solve Future problems
An enrichment course for advanced learners


How can a package be designed to mail a potato chip so that it doesn't break?  How does a toaster work, and what might make it work better?  Did you know that the idea for the microwave oven was set in motion by a melted chocolate bar?  While standing in front of a magnetron, inventor Percy Spencer noticed that his treat had begun melting in his pocket.  To further test the potential of the magnetron, Spencer held a bag of corn kernels next to it and watched them pop!

In this course, students will learn the basic processes of inquiry, discovery, problem solving, and invention through simple experiments.  Students will dismantle gadgets to figure out how things work and use ordinary household items to create new inventions.  They will apply for mock patents, collaborate with their fellow inventors, keep an inventions journal, and work in teams to create hovercrafts or design more effective burglar alarms.  In addition, students research the lives and innovative ideas of inventors past and present.  Throughout this process of inquiry, discovery, and problem solving, students explore not only the how and why of various discoveries and inventions, but also the impact they have had on the world across the centuries.  This integrated examination of inventions in our world offers young inventors a fuller understanding of the implications and promise of their creative imaginings.

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    • Dates: Monday’s, January 28 – March 18, 2013 (6 weeks)
        • No class on February 18 or March 11, 2013
  • Time: 2:35 – 3:35 pm
  • Cost: $15.00
    • Grades: 4 - 5
  • Location: Edy Ridge Elementary, Room 24
  • Instructor: Ron Young

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