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'Inventions that Changed the World' theme sparks imaginations at ACS Cobham


Students at ACS Cobham, aged 10 to 11, have spent the past six weeks exploring 'inventions that have changed the world' in a cross-curricular project designed to bring out the inventor in everyone.

The process included exploring the purpose and reasoning behind 98 different life-changing inventions including the microscope, pencil, defibrillator and television.

Throughout the six weeks students followed the Engineering Design Process. From defining the problem and generating ideas, to the planning and creation stages, students learned how to get an idea off the ground. By testing and improving on their essays, timelines, surveys and graphs, they learned what it takes to get it right!

An integral part of the process was that of applying for mock patents, which showed students how to protect their ideas from each other as competitors.

The activity also included participation in 'Dragons' Den' style presentations where students were challenged to convince others of the importance of their chosen invention, meet challenging questions head on, and grasp the realities of a real-life pitch.

The activity culminated with an Invention Expo Evening showcasing the students' invention projects to parents. And just to ensure that performance arts would also be included in the project, the students created and performed a team building 'Invention Dance' as part of the evening's activities.

"Our Invention Project has proved extremely popular with students and some great ideas have been explored and developed. We have been amazed at the breadth and depth of our students' imaginations, hard work and research. I hope that this project has inspired the next generation of inventors," said Barbara Anderson, Middle School teacher at ACS Cobham.

Published: April 3 2018

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