PBS NewsHour Extra recently compiled this collection of five lesson plans designed to engage young learners with the invention process and how they can learn how to solve problems through innovation. As with all PBS NewsHour Extra lesson plans, each lesson centers on a contemporary issue and incorporates a clip from a recent PBS NewsHour episode. In addition, all five of these lessons introduce students to the MIT-Lemelson's InvenTeams program five-step model of the invention process. All five lessons are designed for high school learners and may especially appeal to science teachers as well as educators, librarians, and youth workers who facilitate makerspaces. In one lesson, which incorporates two recent NewsHour stories, students examine an existing medical invention or device and brainstorm ways to innovate upon that invention with the aim of helping individuals with disabilities or injuries. In another lesson, students learn about a robot designed to combat invasive lionfish in the Atlantic and design their own invention to stop invasive species. Educators are invited to share class inventions and innovations with PBS NewsHour via social media; check out #PBSInvention on Twitter.
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