Index of Resources

Resource listings are arranged from primary to secondary grade levels.

Lightning Rod: Benjamin Franklin's means of protecting people, buildings, and other structures from lightning.
The Lightning Rod Story

Bicycle Hero - Major Taylor: The story of Major Taylor, a bicycle hero who succeeded in achieving what many people believed could never be done.
Introduction | Major Taylor | Artifacts

Ben Franklin's Armonica: Franklin's inspiration for this instrument came during a visit to London in 1757, when musical glasses were very much in fashion.
The History | The Music | Franklin's Scientific Style | History in Perspective

Right Down the Middle for a Ball (A Baseball Scoring Project) - Hollerith Electric Tabulating Machine: Combine the statistics of the tabulating machine with investigating the majesty of the diamond, the roar of the crowd, the blunders of the game, and the numbers that make baseball each year.
The Story

Powered Coining Press: This device is the first "powered" coining press to be used at the United States Mint in Philadelphia. Thonnelier invented the press in France in 1833. It was operated by steam, while earlier presses were operated by hand.
The Story | Pressing On...Learn More about Coins and Coin Making

Daguerreotype Cameras - The Advent of Photography: In the 1830s, Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre devised a way to permanently reproduce an image, and his picture—a daguerreotype—needed just twenty minutes exposure. A practical process of photography was born.
The Story

Apollo 8 - To the Moon and Back: Apollo 8 was launched from Cape Kennedy on December 21, 1968. Two hours 50 minutes later, Apollo 8 left Earth's orbit and the lunar module was on its way to the Moon.
The Story | The Missions | The Space Suit | Apollo 8 Media

Maillardet's Automaton: During the 18th century, people were in a state of wonder over mechanism. The first complex machines produced by man were called "automata." The greatest and most fascinating mechanisms were those that could do things in imitation of living creatures. This Automaton, known as the "Draughtsman-Writer," is one such machine.
The Story | Putting It In Motion: Learn More About Automata & Motion

Apollo 10: The Apollo 10 mission was a test run for the moon landing. Although Apollo 10 did not land on the moon, astronauts Stafford, Young, and Cernan carried out many tests to make the lunar landing that followed much safer.
The Story | History | Gravity | Mission

Bicycles: Getting a Handle on Technology: Discover the history of bicycles and what influences prompted the changes in bicycle technology from the dangerous highwheeler bicycles of yesteryears to today's versatile models.
The Story | Quiz

Mad Dog 2: The world's fastest solar-powered car, invented by Dr. Mike Duke in 1998.
The Story

Grumman Lunar Module - Destination Moon: The Apollo Lunar missions were an important part of man's exploration of space. In the future, the Moon may be a very important base for exploration into deep space. Explore the Lunar Module, Apollo Missions, and the Moon.
The Story | Lunar Module | Development of the LM

Motion Photography: Eadweard Muybridge played a very important role in the early development of moving pictures. His extensive motion photography studies were published in 1887.
The History of Photography | Pictures of Eadweard Muybridge

The Clone Zone - A Simple Guide to Genetic Engineering: Meet two mice that were created by two Harvard Medical School scientists using genetic engineering.
The Oncomice

Priestley's Physics Project: Explore Joseph Priestley's achievements and some of the early discoveries into the nature of electricity.
Priestley's Electrostatic Machine | Priestley's Story | A Short History of Electrostatics

Penicillin : Fungi rules OK: In 1935 Sir Alexander Fleming gave a sample of Penicillium mould to a colleague working with him at St Mary's Hospital, London, England. The mould represents the first chapter in a story about how an interesting observation led to the development of modern antibiotics.
The Story

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