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January 17, 2018 : What Will You Invent?

The Mini Page is a syndicated, four-page tabloid written for young children found each Wednesday in The Denver Post. This issue of The Mini Page is available through the eEdition Archive to registered eEdition subscribers

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1. Draw your five favorite inventions on a large poster. Write a sentence under each one explaining why you like that invention.

2. In the comic strips, circle pictures of items that have been invented (or up graded) in the last 10 to 20 years. Put stars next to inventions that have been around for a long time.

3. Look for pictures or news stories about inventions. List the inventions on a chart to show how they changed our society in three areas. Make a chart with three columns. Label the columns agricultural life, industrial life and technology . Paste the words and pictures in the appropriate column.

4. How are these related to inventions and inventing: (a) Philo Farnsworth, (b) Benjamin Franklin, (c) collaboration and (d) biomimicry?

5. Find a news story about a problem that affects many people. Alone, or with a friend, inv ent a solution to the problem . Draw a picture of your invention. Write a paragraph explaining your invention.

Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards. Each week we identify standards that relate to The Mini Page content and offer activities that will help your students reach them.

This week's standard:
Students understand that engineers improve existing technologies or develop new one. (Engineering Design)

(standards by Dr. Sherrye D. Garrett, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)

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