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Fifth Grade Brings Inventors to Life
Posted 04/15/2014 04:07PM

Fifth graders at Barnesville brought the Industrial Revolution (1760-1840) to life on April 15, depicting many of the inventors of the age and providing mini-history lessons for students, teachers and parents.

For the project, each student chose a prominent inventor, conducted research into their life and inventions, and created a presentation board based on their findings. In addition, they also wrote a newspaper article and created a brochure. They also prepared an oral presentation in the voice of their inventor.

On the day of the Industrial Revolution Museum, each student dressed as their inventor and spoke to visitors in character, explaining the major events in their life and describing their primary inventions. Many of the students also included models of their character's invention, with one student serving chocolate chip cookies to visitors at her display.

The inventors present at the Museum included:

  • Charles Babbage – Computer
  • Charles Goodyear – Vulcanized Rubber
  • Elias Howe and Issac Singer – Sewing Machine
  • George Westinghouse – Railway Air Brake
  • James Watt – Steam Engine
  • James Hargreaves – Spinning Jenny
  • John Kay – Flying Shuttle
  • Louis Daguerre and Nicephore Niepce – Daguerreotype Camera
  • Margaret Knight – Square Bottom Paper Bag
  • Nikola Tesla – Tesla Coil and Experiments with Electricity
  • Robert Fulton – Steamboat
  • Ruth Wakefield – Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • The Wright Brothers – Flying Machine
  • Thomas Edison and Lewis Latimer – Commercial Light Bulb
  • Alexander Graham Bell – Box Telephone
  • George Stephenson – Inner-city Railway Line
  • Henry Ford – Automobile
  • Samuel F.B. Morse – Telegraph

The Industrial Revolution project is one of Barnesville’s Signature Curriculum Events.

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