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Flashcard Activity: Tools and Innovation

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Cultures +5 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection traces innovation in various types of tools over time.  Approach in small groups or as a classroom to have students explore the essential questions: What makes something innovative?  How do you define innovation? 

Supporting questions and activity implementation ideas are located under this collection's Information (i) button.  This activity works equally well online or using printed flashcards (see the resource tile). 

Keywords: invention, flash cards

Glove: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, MH-7

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Swiss Champ SOS

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Hand Axe

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Quipu

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Squeeze of Foundation Inscription of Darius I at Persepolis

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

MacBook Air

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Hansen Writing Ball (Commercial)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Mariner's Astrolabe

National Museum of American History

Clovis Point

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Primitive Knife

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Mark V Pressure Suit (developmental)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Snow Goggles

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Parka

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

C-52 Japan and South China Seas and C-53 East China Sea

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Obsidian Scalpel, No. 10110-03

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

The Flame winter count, 1887

National Anthropological Archives

Prototype for Pocket Watch

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cylinder Seal and Two Casts

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Stick Navigation Chart

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Satellite, Explorer I

National Air and Space Museum

Portable Equatorial

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Chopper

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ballistic Face Mask

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Alexander Graham Bell Experimental Telephone

National Museum of American History

NBC "Fireside Chat" Microphone

National Museum of American History

Tellatouch Braille Writer

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Throwing Knife

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Astronomicum Caesareum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Box Clock

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

LunaTik

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Outback S Touch Screen (Outback Sts)

National Museum of American History

Time Ball (mnemonic device)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Lewis and Clark Expedition Pocket Compass

National Museum of American History

Bird Dart

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Plowshare Blade

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Octopus Lure

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum