Did you know the Popsicle® was invented by accident?
An 11 year old boy named, Frank Epperson left his soda with a stirring stick in it on his porch overnight. That night was really cold and his soda froze with the stirring stick in it. (and you think its cold in Katikati!?!) Eighteen years later in 1923, Frank started his own business with his new invention.

Have you ever wondered who invented the telephone, the teddy bear, or even the pencil you use everyday? During the webquest you will get the chance to research famous inventors and their inventions. Throughout the webquest you might just become a famous inventor yourself! Good luck on your journey!

In this webquest you will complete the following tasks.
(You can copy the information you have gathered and edited onto your wiki, or print off and glue it into your Inquiry Journal)

Ø Choose inventors to research.
Ø Write a mini biography on an inventor.
Ø Complete the Patent form.
Ø Create an invention of your own.

Success Criteria:
Students have learned to...
... investigate about the lives and inventions of famous inventors.
... use knowledge gained to write a mini biography.
... invent or modify an existing invention.
... use a range of marketing strategies to promote their invention.

Students have shared...
... their biographies with the class, and taught others about an inventor.
... their newly created inventions with the class, using an effective marketing campaign.

Throughout this Web Quest process, students use their creativity, thinking skills, and presentation expertise to present their new ideas.
Who knows... maybe one of these new inventions might be the new product you see at a Katikati store shelf!

Success Rubric. Download this Rubric if you are unsure how to be successful:

1. First you must choose 3 inventors that you would like to study. Your choices are:

¨ Alexander Graham Bell
¨ Thomas Alva Edison
¨ Douglas Engelbart
¨ Benjamin Franklin
¨ Johannes Gutenberg
¨ Edwin Land
¨ Tim Berners-Lee
¨ Blaise Pascal
¨ Earl Tupper
¨ Louis Braille
¨ Chester Carlson
¨ Philo Farnsworth
¨ Ruth Handler
¨ Charles Schulz
¨ Steve Jobs
¨ William Keith Kellog
¨ John Britten (New Zealander)
¨ Bill Gallagher (New Zealander)
¨ Bill Hamilton (New Zealander)
¨ A J Hackett (New Zealander)

... if you would like to chose a different inventor, please discuss it with me...

** To find information on some of these inventors, use this research site: http://www.ideafinder.com/history/of_inventors.htm

2. Fill out an Inventors History Sheet for three inventors. Download here

3. Out of those 3 inventors, choose the one that you find is most interesting.

4. Write a mini biography on the inventor that you chose. Your biography must be at least five paragraphs long. You will present this biography to the class.

5. It is now your turn to become an inventor yourself! You may create any kind of invention that you can think of. Some ideas might be inventing a new toy, a product that will solve a problem, or an invention that might make life a little easier.

I. The first step will be to BRAINSTORM for ideas.

II. For the second step you will need to PLAN out your invention in your “Inqiury Book” or on your ePortfolio page.

III. The next part you will create a PROTOTYPE of your invention.
- You can do this by anyway you choose.
- You may choose create your prototype by drawing it on a poster, making it out of paper, or make a model.
- Your prototype must have an explanation of what it is and step by step directions on how to use it or how it works. (This must be detailed)

IV. Then you will fill out the PATENT page. .

V. Next, you will create an advertising campaign for your invention. This can be done digitally, or in your inquiry book..

VI. The final step will be to present your invention to the class.
-A creative way to demonstrate your invention might be to come up with a commercial type theme about your product. During the presentation present your prototype and advertisement idea. Presentation preparation time will be given in class.

Inventor research site:

Other links:
Japan's Inventions
Weird, but real Inventions

At the completion of your webquest, you will turn in or have completed the following.

  1. 3 Inventors History sheets
  2. One mini biography (Download/ View Success Rubric)
  3. Complete the 'Patent Form' (Download here)
  4. Presentation of biography.
  5. Created your own invention, Download/ View Success Rubric)

This quest is due: FRIDAY 3rd of September!

Having difficulty downloading the documents? Here are copy and paste versions:

Inventor’s History Sheet

Inventor’s Name: Date of Birth: Date of Death: ___
-Describe the inventor’s early life and education.
-What did this inventor invent?
-Describe how the inventor came up with his/her idea.
-Describe what their invention does.
-Tell about any other important information or interesting facts about this inventor.

Invention Disclosure Form Instructions

This form is provided to help you organize your thoughts about your invention.
Do whatever you need to do in order to explain your invention in such a way as to be clear to one who is not familiar with it.
• Be careful to describe what makes your invention different from what has gone before. Avoid general statements that your invention is "better" - why is it better? Or what makes it better?
• In addition to describing all the parts, describe how the parts work together. • Why did you do things the way you did them, and not some other way? How else could you
have accomplished the same end?
• What are the possible problems? Under what circumstances might your invention not work? Are there critical parts, dimensions, and ingredients?
Name of Inventor(s): Name of Invention:
Invention Disclosure Form
Brief Description
Describe the invention in general terms: What does it do? How does it do it? (Give lots of detail; use additional paper if required)
Details of the Invention:
• What parts (or steps, if a method) make up the invention, in its best form?
• Which parts are new to this invention (You have added or changed)? Which are old (conventional)?
• In what way do the parts interact to make the invention work?
Use labeled sketches to detail your invention. Be sure all essential parts are shown on the sketch, and try not to include extraneous details. Measurements are not required, unless they are essential to the operation of the invention.