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Inventors 2006
Volume 8, Issue 10 March 2006
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As we launch the 2006 edition of the Build a Better Mousetrap Project, I am updating the popular inventors and inventions issue of the ITN. This year the Mousetrap Project http://surfaquarium.com/mousetrap/ is designed to integrate with the ABC series American Inventor. Participating classes will help to develop the criteria for evaluating inventions, come up with their own idea for an invention, and develop and test it based on the criteria developed for the project. Registration is free and is now open through March 31, 2006 at http://surfaquarium.com/mousetrap/register.htm. Please join us!

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And now the best online resources on inventors and inventions:

American Inventor http://abc.go.com/primetime/americaninventor/faq.html

Build a Better Mousetrap http://surfaquarium.com/mousetrap/

Build It & Bust It http://library.thinkquest.org/11686/

Building Big http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/lab/index.html

Built in America http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/hhhtml/hhhome.html

By Kids for Kids http://www.bkfk.com/

COSI Simple Machines http://www.cosi.org/files/Flash/simpMach/sm1.swf

Devices of Wonder http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/devices/choice.html

Edison National Historic Site http://www.nps.gov/edis/home.htm

Einstein http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/einstein/

Exploring Leonardo http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/

Famous Inventors A - Z http://inventors.miningco.com/cs/famousinventors/

The Great Idea Finder http://www.ideafinder.com/

The History of Invention http://www.cbc.ca/kids/general/the-lab/history-of-invention/default.html

History of Toys and Games http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/toys/index.html

How Stuff Works http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Inventing Modern America: From the Microwave to the Mouse http://web.mit.edu/invent/www/ima/

Invention at Play http://www.inventionatplay.org/

Invention facts and Myths http://www.ideafinder.com/history/of_inventions.htm

Invention Snatchers http://www.headbone.com/derby/invent/main.b.html

Inventions Change Our Lives http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/explore/inventions.html

Inventive Genius http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/inventor/intro.htm

Inventive Kids http://www.inventivekids.com/indexFlash.html

Inventive Thinking Curriculum Project http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/projxl/invthink/invthink.htm

Inventor.com http://www.inventor.com/

InventorEd http://www.inventored.org/

Inventor's Workshop http://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/inventor/

Inventors Now http://www.invent.org/

Ippy's Big Idea http://www.innovated.gov.au/Ippy/html/p01.asp

James Watt http://www.history.rochester.edu/steam/carnegie/

Kids Design Network http://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/kdn/

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation http://invention.smithsonian.org/home/

Leonardo da Vinci Museun http://www.leonet.it/comuni/vincimus/invinmus.html

MIT Invention Dimension http://web.mit.edu/invent/invent-main.html

Museum of Ancient Invention http://www.smith.edu/hsc/museum/ancient_inventions/home.htm

120 Years of Electronic Music http://www.obsolete.com/120_years/

Power Play http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/powerplay.html

Robert Fulton: Engineer and Artist http://www.history.rochester.edu/steam/dickinson/

Simple and Complex Machines http://sunshine.chpc.utah.edu/javalabs/java12/machine/index.htm

Simple Machines http://www.edheads.org/activities/simple-machines/

Simple Machines Construction Site http://home.earthlink.net/~kandyhig/sm/

Simple Machines Learning Site http://www.coe.uh.edu/archive/science/science_lessons/scienceles1/finalhome.htm

Smithsonian: Inventors and Innovation http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmah/invent.htm

Soda Constructor http://www.sodaplay.com/constructor/

Tales of Future Past http://davidszondy.com/future/futurepast.htm

Tall Buildings http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2004/tallbuildings/index_f.html

The Telephone http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/telephone/index.html

To Fly is Everything http://invention.psychology.msstate.edu/air_main.shtml

Transatlantic Cable Communications http://collections.ic.gc.ca/cable/

Transistorized! http://www.pbs.org/transistor/

Transportation Futuristics http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/news_events/exhibits/futuristics/index.html

TryScience Grid http://www.tryscience.org/grid/home.html

US Patent Office Kids Pages http://www.uspto.gov/go/kids/

Wacky Patent of the Month http://colitz.com/site/wacky.htm

The World of Benjamin Franklin http://sln.fi.edu/franklin/rotten.html

The Wright Brothers http://www.nasm.si.edu/wrightbrothers/

Zoom Inventors and Inventions http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/

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