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Spark!Lab Invention Process (Watson/Shopping Cart)

Explore Spark!Lab's invention steps through the process of a real inventor, Orla Watson, who changed grocery shopping for millions of people with his telescoping shopping cart. Then make your own cart with our final invention challenge! Click through each of the items below and be sure to read the information (i) sections


  • Understand the invention process by examining one specific invention 
  • Discover and critically analyze objects and primary sources from the National Museum of American History's archives and collection

The Draper Spark!Lab is a hands-on invention activity center housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Original LL Collection credit: Marie-Louise Orsini

Zach Etsch

UFW: United Farm Workers Collection PART 1

This collection will be used to support students in understanding the UFW and their plight for farm workers rights.

Pamela Leonidas

Subject: Food


This is an assortment of photographs broadly related to food.

Other collections to see in the Learning Lab include Eateries, Kitchens, Meals and Eating, and Agriculture.

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Keywords (subject): Food, market, grocery, fruit, vegetable, apple, advertising, chicken, sales, canned goods, commercial, tomato, ketchup, Heinz, grocer, dry goods, groceries, market, farmer's market, general store

Keywords (photography): gelatin silver print, real photo postcard, stereoview, color carbro, fine art photography, advertising, documentary photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Subject: Domestic Kitchens


This is an assortment of photographs featuring domestic kitchens from the Photographic History Collection. The photographs appear in many different formats and process, and were created by professional and amateur photographers for a variety of purposes, such as commercial, advertising, documentary, social commentary, snapshot, and humor. 

For this collection, "kitchen" was considered as a space within the home, a place in which food was cooked for non-military and non-commercial purposes, outdoor kitchens and cooking, and things found in kitchens. 

Additional Photographic History Collection Learning Lab collections related to food include, Food, Eateries, Agriculture, and Meals and Eating.

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Keywords: kitchen, kitchen table, stove, sink, dishes, meal, cooking, meal preparation, baking, pot, pat, knife, spoon, fork, bowl, grilling, barbecuing, outdoor kitchens.

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Cottle Ranch During World War II

This collection will take you into the lives of those who worked and lived at Cottle Ranch during the World War II.

Daniel LaFlash

Lava & Volcanic Rock

Meredith Osborne

Simple Machines & Tools

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

UFW: United Farm Workers Collection PART 1

This collection will be used to support students in understanding the UFW and their plight for farm workers rights.


No One Should Be Afraid of Big Beautiful Wolves

I created this collection for families to do together while schools are closed. I will be making a collection a day while we are out of school. Today we will be exploring Wolves. The idea is for families to look at the items in the collection and consider what they see in the objects and paintings, what they think, and what they wonder. Families can also watch a videos about wolves, read articles about wolves and listen to two podcast episodes about wolves. At the end of the collection I have provided a few ideas for families about what to do next.

If you want to learn more about more about See Think Wonder you can click here to see a video of a teacher using the routine in her classroom.

Ellen Rogers

Reconstruction of the American South

This playlist on Reconstruction of the American South is designed for self-guided learning with intermittent check-ins for middle school age students. The learning tasks are divided over five days, designed for 30-35 minutes per day, and build on each other. However, students are able to work on this playlist at their own pace. They will engage with primary and secondary sources as well as online exhibitions, videos, and written texts. Students can complete the tasks online by connecting through Google classroom for each formative and summative assessment.

By the end of the week, students will create an original political cartoon to depict their understanding of and reaction to the events and outcomes of Reconstruction in the American South.  

  • Formative assessments are represented by a chevron (Learning Check Ins and Daily Check Ins).
  • Google Doc versions of all formative and summative assessments are in the tiles immediately after the digital versions. 
National Museum of American History

America'a Role in the Fall of the Weimar Republic


Jessica Gustafson

Subject: Civil War Photography: Seville CDV Collection


This collection of cartes-de-visite portraits of Union soldiers is the Seville collection in the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection. The collection was donated in 1931 by Smithsonian employee Marian Wells Seville, a Smithsonian library cataloger and assistant. Seville's father, Captain William P. Seville, served with the 1st Delaware Volunteers during the Civil War. Throughout the war, he obtained these photographs of the men with whom he served. Seville authored, The History of the First Regiment, Delaware Volunteers: From the Commencement of the “Three Month’s Service” to the Final Muster Out at the Close of the Rebellion, in 1884. 

The biographies of nearly all the subjects in this collection are attached to the record. Follow the links to "more info" after clicking on each image.

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Keywords: Civil War soldier, men in uniform, carte-de-visite, studio portraiture, mustache, military weapons, surgeon, surgeon-general., general, quartermaster, captain, heroics, Smithsonian history, women collectors, women donors, women librarians, use of photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Voting in America

Voicing your on opinion on voting in America based on the artwork seen.

Eileen Evertz

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: How do we form a more perfect union?

How do we form a more perfect union?

This collection contains lesson plans and resources from across the Smithsonian to help students critically examine this essential question through multiple Social Studies content areas. 

National Museum of American History

Robot Inspiration

Check out these cool robots!  Some might be familiar or what you might expect a robot to look like... but some are quite unique!   Your challenge is to design yourself as a robot that is truly one of a kind! Imagine that you are on a journey to find other robot friends!   Use whatever art materials or found objects you have at home to create your robot and friends!  You can draw, paint, build, or even collage your robot.  Try to add a background setting to make it more interesting and help tell your story. 

Precious Crabtree

World War I

This collection highlights artifacts and secondary sources to help students explore the history of World War I. Specific topics referenced in this collection include trench warfare, women's contributions to the war effort and aid efforts.

Time Period: July 28, 1914 - November 11, 1918

National Museum of American History

Civil Rights Movement by Yash Singh

This is my collection regarding the Civil Rights Movement.

Yash Singh

Sailors 1494

Carlos Portanova

My Building Structure Collection

This is a collection about the structure of Early Age buildings.

Jonathan Campos


Shapes and Mosaics

Linda Jaeger


cassidy tuzicka

Ancient Civilizations

William Randolph Hearst was a wealthy media mogul who developed a love of art from a young age.  His father was a successful miner and his mother was an art collector and generous philanthropist.  After his mother took him on a year and a half long tour of  Europe when he was 10 years old he developed a lasting love of art and antiquities. He collected original works of art as well as copies all throughout his life.  In this unit you will see some of the antiquities and copies he purchased during his lifetime.  He wrote Julia Morgan a letter in 1927 that stated he saw no reason why San Simeon could not become a museum of the finest things he could secure.  His dream became a reality in 1958 when his estate in San Simeon, California was gifted to the State of California.  Hearst Castle has many fine examples of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art.  For projects and activities expand the Read More section. 

Here are a list of activities and projects you can explore after viewing the collection of images and their information.

Knowledge (Remembering)

What is the triangular part of a Greek temple called?

Name the 3 types of Greek columns.

What was the reasoning for Roman baths?

How did people feel about Egyptian Art after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb?

What is the definition of a Muse?

Comprehension (Understanding)

How would you compare the Muses to Sekhmet?  How are they alike and how are they different?

What would you consider an example of Egyptian Art from the unit on Ancient Civilization?

 Write in your journal about your favorite Greek/Roman god or goddess.

Who was Zeus?  Would you choose him for a friend?

Explain in your own words the statue Europa. Do you think she had a happy life?

Application (Applying)

Make a family tree of the Greek god/goddess on Mount Olympus.

What does Greek pottery remind you of that we use today?

Draw or paint a picture of a Roman Bath on a very busy day.

Collect 10 examples where Zeus did not act in a very godly or decent way.

 Draw a picture of the muses using clothes and attributes from today.  For example, Thalia, the muse of comedy would be carrying a movie camera to record her plays. 

Analysis (Analyzing)

 When we talk about measurements at Hearst Castle, they are given in standard measurement and metric measurement.  Why do they present both measurements?

How is Europa similar or different to Minerva?  Make a venn diagram.

What can you infer about how people felt about the Muses?

How would you deconstruct a Greek temple?

Do we still see Greek architecture in our buildings today?  Give examples, drawing, or photos.

What distinguishes ancient art from their more modern copies?


Compare how the Greeks and Romans treated their loved ones after death and how do we treat our departed today.

How would the tapestries be different if Hannibal had won the Second Punic War?

Why do you think that after all these years that the discus-thrower is considered such a fine athlete?

Why do you think that the United States has never converted to the metric system?

Justify the need for Greek Gods in Greek society.

Creating (synthesis)

Create a podcast about Sekhmet.  What is her history, how does she help the people of Egypt or does she? What would she sound like?

How would you improve Roman baths?

Create a parade floats out of a shoebox.  Each float is showing off a Greek god/goddess and their attributes. Make a parade with your friends.

Negotiate an agreement between Scipio Africanus and Hannibal.

Build a model of a Greek temple. 

Hearst Castle® & Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument

3D SI Objects

Some of the 3D objects from the Smithsonian's collections
Brian Ausland
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