Sample Video 32: Invention 12: Explore! Invention
30:06
Grades: 3 to 8

How do you create a new invention? What is the process like? 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.

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.”
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.
Teacher Tools
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teacher Tool 319: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Learning Verbally
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video through verbal sharing and conversation. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
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.
Teacher Tool 321: Vocabulary Activity
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, asks students to listen for certain vocabulary words you have selected and define them in two ways: 1) contextually based on what they think the definition might be based on what they learn in the video; and 2) through a dictionary to either confirm or refine their contextual definition. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
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.
Teacher Tool 770: Quick Ideas for Using Our Archived Programs
The archives of our live, interactive programs provide a unique resource for you and your students—all the benefits of having a guest speaker in your classroom or taking students on a field trip without the hassles of scheduling on your own PLUS some unique additional advantages as well. Some of those advantages are related to time. Others are related to flexibility of use. Couldn’t join us live? No problem. With this resource, material included in the live program can assist student learning in the best, differentiated way for your classroom. Download this document for some quick ideas on ways to use this unique resource.
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