National Inventors Hall of Fame


When it comes to invention, engineers, by the very nature of their work, have the inside track. Engineers take scientific principles and apply them to create workable, real-life solutions to the needs of our society. The National Inventors Hall of Fame showcases the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of world-class inventors. You'll move from Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell to Steve Wozniak (one of the fathers of the Apple computer) and George de Mestral (inventor of VELCRO). The inventors here come from a variety of technical backgrounds, including science and medicine, but those with training as engineers stand tall.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Other
Topic(s):Electricity, Forces, Energy, Green, Health, Simple Machines, Sounds/Music, Space/Transportation, Structures, Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

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