Explore! Invention
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: How do you create a new invention? What is the process like? View this 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.

Type of Video: Program*
Unique Video ID: Invention-12**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have an Invention Convention after your learners view this program. Learners should design an invention and build a model or drawings of it. As an extension, they can create a marketing program for their invention.


*Programs offer long form exploration of a topic(s) in the area of study with single or multiple guests interacting with an audience.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.