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Invention and Innovation

STS Unit - 2011-2012 order of lessons with Mr Martin

chris martin

on 26 October 2015

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History of Technology
Ancient Technology
Process of invention
Presentation prep
Appropriate technology
‘the systematic study of the
practical or industrial arts’
Industrial technology
Big or alien machines
Know how
Information technology
an object is made for a special purpose using knowledge and practical skills
responds to market pull and technology push
fears are generated
a new process that is a response to some need or problem
the increase in memory and swiftness of access of knowledge, control of machinery and the community
•High, Intermediate, Low Technology
Low (Simple)
Tools that cost little or nothing to buy
Cost nothing to operate
Work is slow and hard
Most labour intensive
The tool makes the work easier
Costs little
Made locally
Costs associated with the tool
High (Advanced) technology
Requires machinery
Made in another area
Expensive to maintain
May deprive others of work
Ecologically harmful
Appropriate Technology
“Give a man a fish and you
are helping him for a short while,
teach him the art of fishing
and you have helped him all
his life”
Advanced technology is inappropriate for underdeveloped countries
Intermediate technology based on locally available materials is better
Appropriate technology will suit the need of its users
It should be environmentally friendly and non violent
Utilise local skill / manufacturing resources
It should increase employment
Homework number 1 :-)
study of
•Changes through which economic, cultural, and military techniques have evolved.
•The use of social, economic and political consequences that those changes have produced.
•Paleolithic (Old Stone Age)
•Neolithic (New Stone age) transition
2.5 million years ago
about 9000BC
4000 BC
hunting animals
gathering eggs, insects and edible plants
some tools
spears and spear throwers
bow and arrow
simple oil lamps
mortars and pestles
bone sewing needles
animal domestication
plant cultivation
farming communities
digging stick
wood hoe
polishing stone tools
forest clearings
characterised by the origins of food production
ox-drawn plow
ox-drawn plow
field cultivation
flood control
Political state
More people - limited land/food
Bronze Age
cultural mixing
crucibles fuels
sacred (Greek hieros) inscriptions (Greek glypho)
from the Greek word demotikos meaning ‘popular’
Latin word "cuneus", meaning wedge
(i)A timeline which shows the major technological developments from Paleolithic
times up to the present (November 2009).

(ii)On your timeline give some indication of the location of the various breakthroughs in technology.

(iii)Include detailed notes and interesting information for as many of these developments as possible.

(iv)Illustrate your timeline using as many different techniques as possible ranging from picture from the internet to your own drawings.

(v)Make an attempt to classify the different types of technology and perhaps include a key to explain the differences.

(vi)Comment on the impact on Society and Individuals.

(vii)Predict possible developments in the future.
Peer Assessed
Use the rubric
Assess according to the criteria not by popularity
Record your feedback
Read the feed back given and seek clarification from the marker if needed
Design the rubric first!!!!
Mr.M's STS Skydrive!
Invention favours...
How has communication changed in the past century? (discus the push/pull factors
Behind these innovations)
log roller
Primitive Axle
Fixed Axles
float it
lash together
add planks
add ores
Wheel barrow
Guns, Germs and Steel
-watch part one in class
-watch part two and three later on
(watching TV as homework)
-answer the Question of 'Yali'
the secret 5 (well, 6!)
1) Finding Great Ideas
How to start and keep the creative juices flowing and create great inventions. How to decide which of your ideas are worth pursuing.

Improve Your Ability to Brainstorm http://inventors.about.com/b/2008/03/08/tips-for-inventing-brainstorming.htm

Invention Idea Survey http://inventors.about.com/b/2008/03/16/tips-for-inventing-invention-idea-survey.htm

Why You Might Want to Get Your Invention Idea Assessed http://inventors.about.com/od/marketassessment/a/evaluation.htm

What is Invention Assessment and Why is it Invaluable? http://inventors.about.com/od/patentdrawing1/a/assessment.htm

2) Business Start Up
If you have decided to establish a business to manufacture or sell your own invention, you will need a business plan to raise money or/and help your new business flourish.

Business Plans 101 http://inventors.about.com/od/businessplans/a/business_plan.htm

Tutorial: Creating Business Plans for the Independent Inventors http://inventors.about.com/od/entrepreneur/a/biz_plan.htm

How Do I Raise Money? http://inventors.about.com/od/fundinglicensingmarketing/a/inventionfunds.htm
3) Want to Sell Your Invention?

How to succeed at selling and marketing your inventions. The most fundamental piece of advice I would give a newbie trying to sell his/her invention is this; conduct yourself in an appropriate businesslike manner. The tutorials below will help you achieve this and more.

Do I Make It Myself or Let Someone Else Make It? http://inventors.about.com/od/fundinglicensingmarketing/a/Making_Money.htm

Tutorial: Creating a Marketing Plan for the Independent Inventor http://inventors.about.com/od/licensingmarketing/a/tutor_marketing.htm

What Are Patent Assigments? Patent Licensing? http://inventors.about.com/od/licensingmarketing/a/patent_licensin.htm

How To License Your Patent http://inventors.about.com/cs/licensingmarketing/ht/Licensing.htm

How To Find People That Want to Buy or License Your Invention http://inventors.about.com/od/licensingmarketing/a/license.htm

4) Making a Prototype

An outline of the basics of making a prototypes - why make a prototype. By definition a prototype is a full-size working model of your invention suitable for use in the complete evaluation of form, design, performance, and material processing.

Making a Prototype http://inventors.about.com/od/prototypes/a/prototype.htm

Prototypes for Inventions http://inventors.about.com/od/prototypes/Prototypes_for_Inventions.htm

5) Keeping an Inventor's Logbook/Journal

Detailed records of the concepts, test results, and other information related to making an invention should be kept in a logbook. You can start a logbook from the very first moment you think of an idea.

Before You Start an Inventors Log Book http://inventors.about.com/od/inventormagazines/bb/log_book.htm

Proving You Were First to Invent: Keep a Logbook http://inventors.about.com/od/logbook/a/logbook.htm

How To Keep an Inventors Log Book http://inventors.about.com/cs/logbook/ht/Log_book.htm
"To Patent" or "Not to Patent" That is the Question

"I want to make money before/without having a patent." This is a controversial issue, however, many successful inventors do follow this path. On the other hand, many experts and patent lawyers consider it foolish. This is not a path for the faint of heart, you need to be business savvy and have some experience to pull it off.

Alternatives to Patenting http://inventors.about.com/b/2008/04/03/alternatives-to-patenting.htm

How Hard Is It To Patent? http://inventors.about.com/od/firststeps/a/patent_an_idea.htm

Marketing is Key http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa062897.htm

Patents, Success, and Money http://inventors.about.com/cs/basicshowtoinvent/a/aa041599.htm
above is the link to the mod tech presentation
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