Students can learn about many famous inventors such as Henry Ford, Jerome Lemelson, Nikola Tesla, and more. Photographs and audio files are found on many of the sites. There are also movies and a trivia quiz. Included are eThemes resources on Louis Braille, the Wright Brothers, and famous African American inventors.
FactMonster: National Inventors Hall of Fame
This is a list of the inventors in the Inventors Hall of Fame. The list is alphabetical. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Inventor of the Week Archive
Students can browse by inventor or use the category of the invention.
Gail Borden, Jr.
Read about the successes and failures of this man who invented condensed milk. NOTE: The site includes links that lead to links with ads.
Learn how John Deere revolutionized American agriculture with his tractors. Click on "Inventor of the Week" for another profile, or "Inventor Archive" to search for other people.
Making Friends with Franklin
Read this lesson for grades 3-8. This lesson plan is about Benjamin Franklin the inventor.
YouTube: Jerome Lemelson Bio
Watch a brief video about this notable American inventor.
Who We Are: Jerome Lemelson Biography
Students can read this biography and then scroll down to the link "Jerome Lemelson: An American Inventor" for a virtual book about Lemelson.
FactMonster: Edwin Herbert Land
Students can read an encyclopedia entry on this American inventor of the Polaroid camera. NOTE: The site includes ads.
The Rowland Institute at Harvard
Read about many aspects of Edwin Land. Click on "Polaroid," "Why Boston," "Instant Photography," and much more. This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
This site has many photographs of Niagara Falls and the Columbian Exposition of 1893. Tesla and Westinghouse built the first major hydro-electric power plant in the world at Niagara Falls.
PBS: Tesla: Master of Lightning
This is the home page for this site. Choose such topics as "Life and Legacy," "Inside the Lab," "Tesla for Teachers," "Discussions," or "Resources."
Lewis Latimer: Renaissance Man
This African American inventor worked on both the telephone and the electric light bulb.
The Life of Henry Ford
Students can learn about Henry Ford. Explore "Chronology" and "Quick Facts." A "Print Version" is also available.
Discovery Channel: The Ultimate Inventors Quiz
Students can test their knowledge of inventors with this quiz. NOTE: The site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: Famous People: Louis Braille
Find out about the famous inventor of the Braille alphabet, which blind people use to read. Includes biographies, plus information about Braille and Braille technology. There are links to eThemes on disability awareness and guide dogs.
eThemes Resource: Aviation: Wright Brothers
These sites are about the Wright Brothers and their early airplanes. Includes biographies on Wilbur and Orville that tell about their family and careers. Discover what inspired them to build planes. Contains historical photographs, movies, diaries, interviews, and simulations. There are links to eThemes Resources on Transportation: Aircraft, Aviation: Military Aircraft, and Aviation: Activities for Junior and High School Students.
eThemes Resource: Famous African Americans: Inventors and Scientists
These sites are about African American inventors and scientists, their lives and achievements, and impacts on American technology advancement and industries. Also includes biographies, activity ideas, games, lesson plans, audio clips, and timeline. There are links to eThemes Resources on George Washington Carver, Famous Americans: African Connections, and Inventions.
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