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Innovations in Coffee Cup Lids

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Arts +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary, Primary (5 to 8 years old)
Sometimes innovations are about something completely new and sometimes innovations are about small refinements in design. What can we learn about innovation from looking at something as ordinary as a coffee cup lid? Read the article about coffee cup lids and write a description for one of the lids, capturing its unique qualities. How do changes in coffee cup lids reflect larger changes in our society? Predict what will be the next innovation .

McDonald's Coffee Travel Mug

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

National Museum of American History

Coffee Cup Lid

National Museum of American History

Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

National Museum of American History

Coffee Cup Lid

National Museum of American History

Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid, Fonda

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dixie

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Coffee Cup Lid, Benders

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Coffee Cup Lid, Nyman

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Coffee Cup Lid, Nyman

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Coffee Cup Lid, Stewart's

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dopaco

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dixie

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Coffee Cup Lid, Insulair

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Coffee Cup Lid, The Smart Lid

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dopaco 10S

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Coffee Cup Lid, Sweetheart LT-510

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Coffee Cup Lid, Solo Traveler

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Coffee Cup Lid, 510 TL

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dixie DL9540

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Coffee Cup Lid, Sweetheart LTG516

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dart 8UL

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Coffee Cup Lid, Sweetheart DTL516

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dixie 9540

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Coffee Cup Lid, Green Mountain

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Coffee Cup Lid, Solo CL308

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Coffee Cup Lid, WinCup 16LTS

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dixie TS89

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dart 16EL

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Coffee Cup Lid, Pactiv LSF16

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Coffee Cup Lid, Letica Corporation

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Coffee Cup Lid, Sherri Cup

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Coffee Cup Lid, WinCup DT10

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Coffee Cup Lid, Lily 350HFL

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Coffee Cup Lid, Lily 350HFL

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Coffee Cup Lid, Solo Traveler Plus

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Coffee Cup Lid, Sweetheart DTLX12

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Coffee Cup Lid, Imperial Bondware LHRDS-16

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Coffee Cup Lid, Sweetheart LGX12R

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Coffee Cup Lid, Imperial Bondware LHRL-10

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Coffee Cup Lid, Dopaco DDL 10S

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Coffee Cup Lid, International Paper LHRL-16

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Coffee Cup Lid, Push 'n' Sip LMD1262

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Coffee Cup Lid, Imperial Bondware LHRD-16

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Coffee Cup Lid, Handi-Kup HL12

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Coffee Cup Lid, Double Team Slide-Lock

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