Explore: Invention

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In this archived interactive program in the area of STEAM/STEM, we ask the big picture question:  How do you create a new invention?   View this archived program to learn directly from inventors.  Meet Dr. Samuel Achilefu, professor at Washington University in St. Louis and inventor of “cancer goggles” that are changing the way surgeons are able to operate on cancer patients.  And meet five St. Louis area middle school students who were honored at the White House Science Fair for their creation of an environmentally friendly process for Styrofoam recycling and an environmentally friendly adhesive.

Grade Levels: 3 through 8

Transcript and supplemental curriculum materials are available below.

Student Tools

Student Tool 7: Let's Operate

Use this student tool with a learning activity related to the following Educate.Today videos: Invention 12 “Explore! Invention” (The interview with Dr. Achilefu who has developed a “virtual tool” for cancer surgery can be viewed from 11:37 to 19:22 in the video), Invention 14: “Future Cancer Treatment” and Invention 15: “Virtual Reality and Cancer.”

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Student Tool 65: Journal Entry Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 317: Sharing Your Insights Through A Journal Entry as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Student Tool 68: Vocabulary Interesting to Me Worksheet

Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about vocabulary in any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 320: Vocabulary Interesting to Me as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 43: Explore Invention Program Guide

This document includes a program description, learning objectives, time-coded program agenda, national curriculum standards, learning activities, and website resources related to the content and skills explored in our program entitled, "Invention 12: Explore! Invention." Activities included in this guide also can be used with the Educate.Today videos listed below:
Invention 16: When Did That Happen? Invention
Invention 17: Invented by Accident

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Teacher Tool 290: Arts Integration Activity--Inventions

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Arts Integration activity combining science, language arts, and visual arts as students learn about the process of invention and create a graphic novel. This activity is designed to be used with the following Educate.Today videos: Invention-1, Invention-3, Invention-4, Invention-6, Invention-7, Invention-9, Invention-10, Invention-11, Invention-12, Invention-13, Invention-15, Invention-16, Invention-17.

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Teacher Tool 291: STEAM Activity--Inventions

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides a STEAM activity combining science, language arts, and visual arts as students learn about the process of invention and create a graphic novel. This activity is designed to be used with the following Educate.Today videos: Invention-1, Invention-3, Invention-4, Invention-6, Invention-7, Invention-9, Invention-10, Invention-11, Invention-12, Invention-13, Invention-15, Invention-16, Invention-17.

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Teacher Tool 317: Cross Curricular Activity--Sharing Insights Through a Journal Entry

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to write a journal entry that shares learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity--Video Reflection

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Teacher Tool 320: Vocabulary Interesting to Me

This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, invites students to increase their vocabulary by selecting, and learning the definitions of, words in the video that are unknown and/or interesting to them. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.

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Teacher Tool 329: Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources

Educate.Today is full of primary sources to use with your students. This teacher tool focuses on understanding the difference between primary sources and secondary sources and provides an example of an activity to do with students to build their effective use of primary sources in a research project.

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Teacher Tool 765: Transcript of Explore: Invention

Download this file for a transcript of this video.

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