The Theme:
How We Organize Ourselves: An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

The Central Idea:
Inventions come from ideas designed to solve problems and meet needs and wants.

This is an inquiry into…

  • Inventions are created with the idea of improving quality of life.
    Why do people create inventions?
  • Inventions can have negative and positive affects.
    How have inventions improved or harmed our way of life?
  • Inventions change over time to solve new problems and to meet new needs and wants.
    How and why do inventions change?

Turn Your Brain On with These Websites

TIME For Kids: The Coolest Inventions of 2010

TIME (For Adults): Best Inventions of 2010

Inventor’s Toolbox

Learn about how machines work, participate in a design challenge, and look at other people’s inventions.

Inventive Kids

Play invention games and enter our invention contest. Read about new inventions and inventors, and see science experiment videos on their blog.

Chindogu Preview

Get a look at some un-useless inventions.  Originally a Japanese fad, these inventions may solve a problem or meet a need, but they tend to be so ridiculous that no one would ever use them.  Perfect images to help you think outside the box.

The International Chindogu Society

Didn’t get enough of the Chindogu from the preview?  Check out this site full of un-useless inventions.  Take a look at the “10 Chindogu Tenets,” which explains the meaning of Chindogu.


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