Inventing calls for creative thinking and problem solving skills and other disciplines that span the curriculum. It's an exciting classroom activity. Check out the workshops described below and the classroom ready student worksheets available for download on many pages of this website.
Invention is a Fun, Creative, Interdisciplinary Activity
We'll do a variety of fun, creative activities you can replicate in your classroom. We'll go over the basics of invention, brainstorm ideas for inventions, name them in a few ways, and estimate the cost to make or sell them. We'll interview each other about the value of the inventions and evaluate inventions by students. We'll learn about building models and about patents, trademarks and doing online patent searches! We'll review a list of national invention programs and competitions that students can enter. You'll leave with a list of downloadable classroom ready invention activity sheets available on this website.
America's Women Inventors
Find out about America's women inventors including Martha Coston, inventor of signal flares used during the Civil War; Madam Walker, the first African American female millionaire; Patsy Sherman, co-inventor of Scotchgard; Bette Graham, creator of Liquid Paper; and, Sally Fox, developer of naturally colored cotton and dozens more. Learn how the study of women inventors is aligned with the standards and fits into the curriculum. Leave with lists of women inventors and websites students can use to research historic and contemporary women inventors.
California Teachers of English Annual Conference, 2005
California Reading Association Annual Conference, 2002, 2003, 2005
Montana Educators Conference, 2001
"Susan offered a workshop for teachers that created excitement in having students participate in Invention Conventions and similar problem solving activities. I would encourage educators to consider Susan Casey as a presenter or keynote speaker at their next meeting or conference." - Richard M. Jones, Past President, Montana Science Teachers Association.
"Susan Casey's presentations were provocative, interesting, and very creative. She helped us to consider how we might promote inventive thinking in our students. Without her guidance and support materials, I would continue to believe that kids can't be inventors! She proved me wrong!"
- Edufest Participant, 2006