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Papers of Thomas Edison seeks to organize and publish a select edition of the inventor's papers. Visitors can learn about Edison's life, search the Edison Papers database, and look at the patents he received...  (Rutgers University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, 1862-1939 contains correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles, and photographs documenting the invention of the telephone, his involvement in the first telephone...  (Library of Congress)
Invention Factory: Thomas Edison is a curriculum-oriented guide to the work and laboratories of the great American inventor. The site contains photographs, maps, and readings about the laboratories and the process of...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
A Science Odyssey highlights some the most spectacular discoveries in science and technology during the 20th century. The site includes an Educator's Guide with activities, discussion questions, and...  (WGBH, supported by National Science Foundation)
R. Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud is a spinoff from the PBS series about the architect, designer, engineer, poet, philosopher, author, and global iconoclast, best known for the geodesic dome...  (WNET, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Decades of Discovery describes 100 important discoveries in energy sciences, nuclear and plasma physics, advanced computing research, and biological and environmental research. Topics include the world's...  (Department of Energy)
Partners of the Heart is the website for a film about two men who, in 1944, pioneered a procedure that would save the lives of thousands of "blue babies." One of the men, Alfred Blalock, was a prominent...  (WBGH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Benjamin Franklin explores Franklin's life as a writer, inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist, civic leader, international celebrity, abolitionist, and genius. It includes...  (Twin Cities Public Television, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
The Wilbur and Orville Wright Papers documents the Wright brothers' lives and their work that led to the world's first powered, controlled, and sustained flight. Nearly 50,000 digital images are provided—diaries...  (Library of Congress)
Wright Brothers National Memorial: Site of the First Controlled Powered Flight tells how bicycle makers in Dayton, Ohio, launched the aviation age. After reading about the glider accident that killed Otto Lilienthal, Wilbur and Orville Wright spent four years...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Galileo's Battle for the Heavens explains why Galileo is the father of modern science, why Galileo's refractor and Newton's reflector remain the two standard types of optical telescopes today, and Galileo's big...  (WGBH, supported by National Science Foundation)
Tupperware offers insights into U.S. history: our economy after World War II, the plastics industry, direct selling and business history, women in society and the workplace, the rise of American...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry provides a selection of more than 500 letters, lectures, photos, articles, and sound recordings related to the birth of the recording industry. Hear auctioneers, animal calls, musical...  (Library of Congress)
Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words shows the breadth of Franklin's accomplishments through key letters, broadsides, and other documents. This exhibit, marking the tercentenary of Franklin's birth (1706), focuses on his...  (Library of Congress)
The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age celebrates the centennial of flight with a thorough presentation of Wilbur and Orville Wright's biography, their technical achievements and the cultural impact of their breakthrough in...  (National Air and Space Museum, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Virtual Museum features the work of a federal agency that has helped keep U.S. technology at the leading edge. Visit the online exhibits to learn about the standardization of women's clothing...  (National Institute of Standards and Technology) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
African American History Month Federal Resources The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution...  (Library of Congress)
The Dream of Flight presents photos, letters, and diary excerpts from the experiments and efforts that led to the Wright brothers' December 17, 1903, achievement of the first sustained, powered, and...  (Library of Congress)
What in the World Is That? examines 16 inventions: the submarine, battery radio, cotton gin, reaper, electron microscope, telephone, gramophone, telecommunication cable, snow gauge, ornithopter, airphibian, and...  (Library of Congress)
Learning to Fly: The Wright Brothers' Adventure sends students undercover to Dayton and Kitty Hawk to report secretly on the activities of two brothers who are making a big glider in their bicycle shop. Students prepare by...  (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Glidden's Patent Application for Barbed Wire presents the drawing and description that helped Joseph Glidden, a farmer from De Kalb, Illinois, win a patent for barbed wire in 1874. Glidden's design remains today the most...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
From Fantasy to Flight provides photos, letters, articles, and resources for learning about the history of flight -- aircraft and balloons, Alexander Graham Bell's aerodynamic studies, the Wright brothers...  (Library of Congress)
Science and Invention looks at inventors and inventions that changed our lives: the telegraph, photophone, animation, sewing machine, ice cream cone, nuclear fission, flight, and others. It includes...  (Library of Congress)
Invention at Play examines how play -- the ordinary work of childhood -- connects with the creative impulse. Read about inventors of the ski, sailboard, surgical robot, unfolding structures, water...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793-1919 presents 6,500 items that document Morse's invention of the electromagnetic telegraph, his participation in the development of telegraph systems in the U.S. and abroad, his career as a...  (Library of Congress)
Inventing Entertainment: The Edison Companies features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles. Cylinder sound recordings will be added to this...  (Library of Congress)
Alexander Graham Bell's Patent for the Telephone and Thomas Edison's Patent for the Electric Lamp introduces students to significant inventions of the late 19th century and examines the power of Congress to pass laws related to the granting of patents. It correlates to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Lemelson Center explores the exciting world of invention. It features virtual exhibits and in-depth explorations of the electric guitar, the Quartz watch, the light bulb, and other inventions...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Making Friends with Franklin introduces students to the world of Ben Franklin and other "natural philosophers" at a time when the word "science" had not yet entered our language. Portraits of Franklin's...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Edison Invents examines several of his inventions—the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, and electric light bulb. Students learn about his life and how to create their own light bulb...  (National Museum of American History, supported by Smithsonian Institution)
The Joseph Henry Papers Project documents the life of Joseph Henry (1797-1878), the most revered American scientist of his times and the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Henry's pioneering work in...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Petition Signed by Thomas A. Edison for Sunday Openings at the World's Columbian Exposition focuses on petitioning the federal government, peaceably assembling, and exercising freedom of speech and religion, all of which are protected by the First Amendment to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Eli Whitney's Patent for the Cotton Gin provides facsimile reproductions of the handwritten patent application and its accompanying drawing, together with explanatory text and lesson plans. This lesson correlates to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention brings together the sources of the Eameses' inspiration, the personal documents of their lives, and the finished products of their work. According to the exhibit, "Charles and Ray...  (Library of Congress)
Thank You, Mr. Edison: Electricity, Innovation, and Social Change is a lesson in which students learn about the invention of the phonograph, the impact of electricity on Americans, and Thomas Edison's role in the electrification of America...  (Library of Congress)
Einstein Papers Project provides information about the Einstein Papers Project, which publishes The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, an edition of 25 planned volumes of Einstein's scientific, professional...  (California Institute of Technology, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
US Patent and Trademark Kids Pages invites kids to learn about inventors and intellectual property -- patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Kids can take a patent trivia quiz, read fun facts, and...  (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

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