Be Inspired, Be an Innovator!

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This collection of targeted video segments, audio files, lesson plans, and guides is designed to give you the tools you need to drive innovative thinking among middle and high school students. Featured resources explore the critical and creative skills that engineers, inventors, musicians, farmers, and scientists rely on to develop the innovative products and processes that underpin our everyday lives.

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  • Extreme By Design

    Extreme By Design captures the experience of 40 students from Stanford University’s Institute of Design as they create products that may save thousands of lives in developing countries as part of a class called Design for Extreme Affordability.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Process of Innovation Lesson Plan

    Students will compare and contrast the processes of innovation favored by different types of innovators to demonstrate that innovation need not follow a single method.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Galileo's Telescope

    The invention of the telescope helped change our understanding of the universe. This video segment adapted from NOVA looks at Galileo's contribution to this technology.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Smart Bridges

    In this video from NOVA scienceNOW, learn about engineering innovations that could help detect a bridge's structural weaknesses before they become dangerous.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eduardo Torres-Jara

    In this video from Science City, meet Eduardo Torres-Jara, a postdoctoral associate in electrical engineering and computer science at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. He describes his work on innovative robots that use tactile feedback.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Secrets of Selfridges: Part 6

    In this segment of Secrets of Selfridges, learn how Selfridge’s groundbreaking innovations such as the first-floor cosmetic department have inspired modern retail psychology. The clip also reveals WWI’s influence on Selfridge's profits. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Solving the Doctor Shortage in Mozambique

    This video from Wide Angle provides an overview of the issue of maternal mortality in Mozambique and an innovative program to train midwives and nurses to perform surgeries during pregnancy and delivery.

    Grades: 9-12
  • China’s Innovative Past

    This audio segment from PRI's The World Science Podcast explores the roots of China's creative past and examines why China, a country that over 1500 years came up with some of the most important inventions the world had ever seen, might have lost its innovative edge to the West.
    Grades: 9-12
  • Technology Over Time

    This interactive activity adapted from A Science Odyssey offers a historic tour of technologies common in homes from 1900 to 2010.
    Grades: 3-8
  • Ethanol Biofuel

    In this video from NOVA, learn about one scientist's idea for using biotechnology to make ethanol a more efficient alternative to gasoline.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Innovation through Experimentation: Kiyoe Wellington

    In this From the Top at Carnegie Hall video segment, hear a young double bassist from Hawaii play a soulful contemporary piece.
    Grades: 5-12
  • Forgotten Inventors

    This illustrated feature from the American Experience Web site highlights the frequently forgotten inventors of several useful, innovative technologies.
    Grades: 3-12
  • Green Technology: Sustaining the Earth

    This interactive activity produced for Teachers' Domain explores areas of research and innovation in green technology.
    Grades: 6-12
  • iFarm

    Support your STEM and Social Studies curriculum with this video that profiles a California pistachio farmer who developed an iPad app to improve irrigation.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Speeding Up Space Travel

    This video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW examines how plasma rockets could revolutionize space travel.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Simple Solutions

    Amy Smith is an engineer who designs simple and inexpensive solutions to real-world problems. This video produced for Teachers' Domain features her innovative design for testing the safety of drinking water in the developing world.

    Grades: 3-12

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