American Inventions that Changed the World

In this course, students will examine some of the American inventions that changed the world. They will learn about the various people whose ideas and determination led to some revolutionary discoveries. Examples include Ely Whitney’s cotton gin, Benjamin Franklin’s wood stove, and Steve Jobs’s iPhone.

How were these discoveries used? Who controlled their development and application? How do they affect us now? The students will discuss a variety of concepts about the ways in which inventions and policies have a lasting impact on our daily lives. They will also investigate why some inventions fail and other succeed.

Live Classes: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Student Support: The instructor is available via email and for special individual Zoom sessions with students as needed.

Feedback/Assessment: Students will be assessed on their class participation and written work.

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.

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