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Intergenerational Learning Activities: Inventions

Unleash your creative energies and learn about the inventing process, then invent something yourself! As a grandparent or older adult volunteer, you can engage children and youth in fun but informative intergenerational invention projects.

The possibilities for intergenerational connections through inventions are limitless.  With the support of the Verizon Foundation and resources on Thinkfinity.org, this guide provides brief activity descriptions geared toward a broad range of ages. We encourage you to submit additional suggestions and to connect with other older adults in an online user group for grandparents and volunteers with similar interests.

Pre-k to Grade Three:

  •        Have fun by doing a bubble or jello experiment with each other
  •        Enjoy learning about the many inventions that are used to produce bicycles
  •        Learn more about the inventing process

Grades 4 to 8:

  •        Create a timeline of inventions together
  •        Explore the Smithsonian’s Invention at Play website
  •        Make a light bulb together
  •        Visit the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation
  •        Use your very own Inventor’s notebook 

Grades 9 to 12:

  •        Become an invention knowing all by playing this trivia game
  •        Play an invention game together
  •        Discover how to get into an Engineering School

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Global Intergenerational Conference
June 13-16, 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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