Inventions that Changed the World

  • Instructor Bryan C. Gersbeck
  • Code WH77
  • Student Ages 8-13
  • Term Summer Session 2023 (June 5-July 28)

In this course, students will examine some of the inventions that changed the world. They will learn about various people whose ideas and determination led to some revolutionary discoveries. Some of these inventions changed the course of history, but others just make our lives a little easier. Ancient examples include the saddle and stirrups, the sailboat, and the oven. More recent examples include Ely Whitney’s cotton gin, Benjamin Franklin’s bifocals (eyeglasses), 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 learn about the creators of various inventions and the time periods during which they lived, and they will discuss a variety of concepts about the ways in which inventions have a lasting impact on our daily lives. They will also investigate why some inventions fail and other succeed.

Live Classes: Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Student Expectations: This course will include a combination of lectures, open discussions, and informative readings. Students are expected to contribute to the discussions and to complete the weekly assignments.

Student Support: The instructor is available via email.

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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