Invention at Play

Invention at Play

What do the inventors behind Post-it Notes, robotic ants, Kevlar and the telephone have in common with children? Play! And it is the inaugural subject for the new Lemelson Hall of Invention, the Lemelson Center’s first dedicated public exhibition space at the Museum.

With its highly interactive and engaging activities created especially for families, "Invention at Play" focuses on similarities between the ways children and adults play and the creative skills and processes used by inventors. Visitors of all ages will experience various playful habits of mind that underlie invention, such as curiosity, imagination, visual thinking, model building and problem solving.

Visitors will also "meet" inventors and innovators through compelling personal stories, photos and artifacts, and even have a chance to learn to windsurf on the Sailboard Simulator, which is based on a design by sailboard inventor Newman Darby.

Invention at Play will be open until 6.30 p.m. through September 6th.
Online Exhibition
What do the inventors behind Post-it Notes®, Kevlar®, Velcro® and the microwave oven have in common with children? Play! Come join in the fun. Visit Web site

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Presented by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.