Create a timeline highlighting Aussie inventions over the last 100 years.
Begin with a class brainstorm asking students the following questions:
What is an inventor?
What do they do?
Can anyone be an inventor? Why or why not?
What do you know about the process of inventing?
What things might inventors have to do and think about in order to invent something?
Working in small groups, students list all the inventions they can in 1 minute. Students share their list with the rest of the class.
Students will research in depth an Australian invention (you can ask them to focus on a scientific invention). They can choose an invention from the BtN story or from the following website http://www.questacon.edu.au/indepth/clever/100_years_of_innovations.html
Why did the object first come about? Was it intentional or accidental?
What problem or issue does the invention overcome or solve?
Who was the inventor?
When was the object invented?
How does the invention work?
How has it changed or affected people’s lives?
What if the object was never invented?
Students present their research to the class using multimedia or as a class, create a timeline of Australian inventions.
To take the investigation further, students can design their own invention or make a modification to an invention (to improve the design or function of a product). Ask students to:
Students can share their designs with other students in the school.
Find out more about Indigenous inventions http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-indigenous-tools-and-technology or the work of David Unaipon. Create a poster to display your research.
Leonardo da Vinci was a famous artist and inventor. Write a short biography of da Vinci and choose one of his inventions to draw and describe http://www.da-vinci-inventions.com/ Inventors often patent their inventions. What does it mean to paten an invention? How does patenting protect an inventor?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-29/australian-inventions-that-changed-the-world/4287332 ABC – The New Inventors
http://abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/ Questacon – Our Clever Country