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Scavenger Hunt #2: Inventors and Inventions

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Print out this page so you can record your answers on it and refer to it as you search the URLs given to help you. Scavenger Hunt #1 will help you find out more about patents, trademarks and copyrights.

1. Who received a patent for "dry scouring of clothes" and may have been the first African American inventor to receive a U.S. Patent? _________________________

For questions 2, 3, and 4 use these URLs to help you: (Database of inventions in alphabetical order) (Database of inventors by name)

2. What did George Washington Carver receive patents for? __________________________


3. This inventor didn't invent the elevator, but did invent what led to the elevator being safe to use in tall buildings? Who was it and what did he invent? __________________________


4. This inventor has over 300 patents to his credit. He is responsible for inventions which led to the modern day Television. Who is he? __________________________


5. Who may have received the very first U.S. patent? What was it for?___________________________


6. This woman invented a machine that made the brown paper bags we all have used. She received the patent in 1871. She had other patented inventions credited to her as well. Who is she? ______________

(Teachers: See the answer key in the Resource Section for ideas to extend this activity.)

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March 2000