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Marie-Louise Orsini

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Spark!Lab Invention Steps with Shopping Carts

<p>Explore<strong> Spark!Lab's invention steps </strong>through the process of a real inventor, Orla Watson, who changed grocery shopping for millions of people with his <strong>telescoping shopping cart. </strong>Then make your own cart with our final invention challenge! <strong>Click through each of the items</strong> below and <strong>be sure to read the information (i) sections</strong>. </p> <p><strong>Objectives: </strong></p> <ul><li>Understand the invention process by examining one specific invention </li><li>Discover and critically analyze objects and primary sources from the National Museum of American History's archives and collection</li></ul><p>The Draper Spark!Lab is a hands-on invention activity center housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. <br /></p>
Marie-Louise Orsini

Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage Teacher of the Year 2018 Workshop #NTOY18

<p>This collection contains the materials used in the CFCH #NTOY18 workshop on how to encourage students to engage, research, and document cultural heritage. It includes oral history guides for teachers and students, a Learning Lab collection for using CFCH's Festival collection to explore cultural objects and oral history,  the Folkways website with lesson plans for music classes, and additional resources from the Will to Adorn project, which explores African American diversity, style and identity through clothing. </p>
Marie-Louise Orsini

​Storied Objects from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival​

<p><u></u>These are some examples of how the Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage used objects in its collection to reflect on its 50-year anniversary in 2017. While these entries are related to music, the collection's full site is also included. Investigating how and why cultural objects are made and used can help stimulate students to connect to their heritage and be used by teachers to develop research, storytelling, songwriting, and general writing skills with their students. </p>
Marie-Louise Orsini