1. Introduce the lesson by asking students to think of something they do that they would like to be automatic. For example, a robot to take out the trash every Thursday.
2. Explain to students that during Mrs. Harding’s lifetime there were many advancements in inventions. One was the self-winding watch. (Use the website http://www.pixelp.com/gruen/1904.html to place on class overhead to show students images of watches.)
3. Explain to students that inventions are usually developed because someone is tired of the status quo and wants to make life easier. Describe to students how the watch developed into self-winding and the role it played not only during Mrs. Harding’s lifetime but also for the future.
4. Ask students to think of something that they would like to apply the ‘self-winding’ concept that would make their life easier. That is, ask them to develop a solution to a routine chore that could be automated. Also remind students to think about how their inventions can impact the future. Allow students to use their imagination. (Depending on the ability level, you may want to pre-approve ideas so you make sure they understand the lesson and stay on track.)
5. For the assignment, have students describe the invention using words and/or pictures and describe how it could impact the future.
This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University