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American Inventors and Their Inventions
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We are an industrious nation which has a long history of inventions dating back to 1790, when the US Patent Office opened. The American spirit to build new and better technology has made the U.S. a world leader in many areas. In this unit you will research some of America's inventors and the inventions that changed the world. By taking time to learn about these inventions and the men, women and kids who created them you may discover the inventor that is in all of us.
|What is an American invention?||Anything that has been patented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.|
|What can be patented?||Inventions or discoveries of any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter. http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/doc/general/what.htm|
|What are not inventions?||Anything that is Copyrighted. A Copyright
is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works
of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and
certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished.
Sources for creation of this Unit:
|Lisa Parker Advanced Learner Teacher at Archer Elementary School||http://its.guilford.k12.nc.us/|
|Smithsonian Institution site of American inventors||http://www.si.edu/|
|Eric Noah, Waunakee Comm. Middle Schoolemail@example.com|
|8th grade students of the Maxwell-Newman-Drew Team of Ryan Middle School, Fairbanks, AK||http://www.northstar.k12.ak.us/schools/ryn/projects/inventors/index.html|