The Republic of Gadgets - America’s Great Inventors

25 Resources for K-12 Education

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”

– Thomas A. Edison

In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on:

Introducing K-12 schoolchildren to great American inventors

“The good education of youth has been esteemed by wise men in all ages, as the surest foundation of the happiness both of private families and of Commonwealths,” wrote the great American inventor, Benjamin Franklin. Understanding the enduring public and private benefit that great inventors and their contraptions have made to our civilization is to better appreciate the connections between human necessity, creativity, and ingenuity. Yet, in American K-12 education very little focus is placed on studying who America’s great inventors were and the central role they’ve played in shaping our republic of gadgets. We’re offering a variety of links on the topic for parents, teachers, and schoolchildren to enjoy and better realize authentic innovators, including:


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