Science, Technology, and Invention
Summer Institute

July 2005
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PBS: They Made America



American history is filled with the stories of influential innovators, whose ideas and entrepreneurial spirit gave birth to commercial milestones like the steamboat and cultural touchstones like the Barbie doll. Twelve of these individuals are profiled in They Made America, a four-part television series from the producers of American Experience.

Greatest Engineering Acheivements of the 20th Century

How many of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements will you use today? A car? Computer? Telephone? Explore our list of the top 20 achievements and learn how engineering shaped a century and changed the world.

The Faces of Science:  African Americans in the Sciences


Profiled here are African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering. The accomplishments of the past and present can serve as pathfinders to present and future engineers and scientists.

The History of Invention

A kid-friendly website with timelines, websites, and famous inventions that changed the world. 

Inventors and Inventions from’s collection of sites and timelines dealing with inventors and inventions. has a lot of pop-ups and ads, but can also point to great information.

Smithsonian: Science and Technology

The Smithsonian’s extensive website devoted to all the sciences and the people who study them.

National Inventors’ Hall of Fame



The National Inventors Hall of Fame museum celebrates over 200 of the men and women whose patented inventions, life-saving tools, labor-saving devices, and technological innovations have become the basis of the American economy and society.

US Patent and Trademark Office


A U.S. government site that also has a great “Kids” page.

Library of Congress American Memory Technology and Industry Sites,+Industry

Browse through the 13 on line exhibits at the Library of Congress’ American Memory web site that are devoted to technology and industry.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Virtual Museum



Explore the diverse array of technologies that all have one thing in common – they all use electricity and magnetism.  Here you will find the history of these technologies, find out how they work, and learn about some of the people who invented them.