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Invent It, Build It
Spark the inventive spirit of kids with this guide's six activities, designed to show how invention improves people's lives.
You'll need a PDF Reader to view these files. Spanish language versions of these materials will be available Spring 2009.
You may download the entire Invent It, Build It Activity Guide here:
English - Invent It, Build It Activity Guide (5.3 MB)
Spanish - Invent It, Build It Activity Guide (6.6 MB)
Or, you may download the guide in the following sections:
Cover, Welcome Letter, and Credits
Invent It, Build It Introductory Material
- How to Use This Guide
- Talking with Kids about Inventing
- Introducing the Design Process
- Setting Up an Invention Club
- Invention Resources
- Sources for Materials
- Related PBS Science Resources
The challenges in this guide correspond to the National Science Education Standards, the ITEA National Study of Technology Content Standards, and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Science and Technology/Engineering Standards.
English - Education Standards PDF (92 K)
Spanish - Education Standards PDF (64 K)
Challenge 1: Confetti Launcher
Challenge 2: Get-Moving Game
Challenge 3: Harmless Holder
Invent a holder for six cans that's animal-safe, sturdy, convenient, and easy to carry.
English - Leader Notes PDF (496 K)
English - Activity Sheet PDF (568 K)
Spanish - Leader Notes PDF (364 K)
Spanish - Activity Sheet PDF (604 K)
Challenge 4: Speedy Shelter
Challenge 5: Convenient Carrier
Invent a way for someone using crutches or a wheelchair to carry all their stuff.
English - Leader Notes PDF (469 K)
English - Activity Sheet PDF (604 K)
Spanish - Leader Notes PDF (356 K)
Spanish - Activity Sheet PDF (624 K)