Look at the picture above. In your opinion, what materials were used to create:
a. The lighting b. The bridge c. The church (in the background)?
Name an inventor you know and his/her invention.
What you are going to watch is a presentation by journalist Steve Johnson about the origins of inventions. There are some questions and other activities that follow. 🙂
- What musical instrument was made out of bones? a. French horn b. flute c. violin
- Inventions are made because of the need to s_________e (verb), but others are made for the purpose of f_______ (noun).
- What was the origin of the computer? (Think carefully!)
- What was the origin of the typewriter? What was it first called?
- The Music that Plays Itself was an invention by three brothers in ___________, but in reality, it is known as _______________. How does this work?
- That device was replaced with a robotic flute player by Jacques de Vaucanson. True or False?
- Punch cards were invented by Babbage and was made with papyrus. True or False?
- Music is one of the key founding aspects that has played a substantial role in inventing other devices. Do you agree or disagree?
- Origin exercise: Look at the following devices and objects below. Trace its origin as far back as you can, using the arguments presented by Steve Johnson.
a. Computer b. tuba c. basketball (both game and ball) d. bicycle e. paper f. Smartphone g. insurance h. school/education i. coffee cup j. clock
- Future exercise: What inventions do you think will come next? Look at what you have and brainstorm some ideas?
Author’s Note: This video and exercise is suitable for all classes, including foreign language classes as a way of broadening one’s imaginary thoughts and foster ideas and communications. Other activities by teachers and educators can be supplemented to this one. Any ideas of how you furthered this exercise are welcomed. Just add them here or on the Files’ facebook page so that others can have a look at and use for their classes. 🙂