Tag archives for Inventions

  1. Fun Fact Friday: SEGA

    640px-Sega-Genesis-Mod1-Bare

    Most folks know of “SEGA”, the Japanese gaming titan that brought us classic video game titles like  Sonic the Hedgehog, Outrun, and Shenmue….but did you know that didn’t Sega start out as a Japanese company? It’s true! It’s a common misconception that Sega is a Japanese word. In fact, it actually stands for “Service Games”. […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Penicillin

    Did you know that the antibiotic penicillin was discovered by accident, when a scientist was cleaning his lab? It’s true! In 1928, Alexander Fleming was soaking dirty Petri dishes in a disinfectant when he noticed that one of the moldy dishes that had previously held Staphylococcus (the origin of the “staph infection”) had its bacteria […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Seurat

    Did you know that Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (famously featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) isn’t painted with brushstrokes, but rather, millions of tiny dots? It’s true! Georges Seurat’s style of painting came to be known as known as Pointillism, and was considering revolutionary at […]

  4. On this day… Zooming Camera Lenses!

    On this day in 1947, Dr. Frank Gerard Back demonstrated the first camera with a zoom feature. This feature was made possible by the invention of the “varifocal lens.”  Prior to this invention, photographers were required to move their cameras closer to their object to simulate “zoom.” Dr. Back first showed off his invention at […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Star Trek inventions that became reality

    Captain Kirk's flip phone (Davidbspalding/Wikimedia Commons)

    Did you know that quite a few of the technological marvels from television’s Star Trek started out as science fiction, but are now reality, or even commonplace? It’s true! Cell Phones: It’s funny when you think about it. Remember flip phones? Captain Kirk had one before they were cool! While mobile phones are now a […]

  6. Invention Convention: A Look into African American History

    Black History Month is important for all students no matter their race. African American history is in fact American history. Help your students understand the importance of some of the extraordinary individuals of African American History by putting a fun spin on the lesson. Lesson Title: Invention Convention: A Look into African American History Ask […]