Student Resources for
Technology and Engineering
Design, Invention, Innovation

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Student Resources




Associations, Organizations, and Blogs

Note: Read about Evaluating Blogs before using a blog as an information source. Some blogs may not be accessible from school computers.

Audio and Video Media

Note: Some online media may not be available on school computers; you may need to access these from home or from the public library.

  • Design Squad - Watch episodes online from Season 1, 2, or 3 of PBS's award-winning reality TV show that lets kids show off their smarts as they design and build working solutions for real-world clients—people who are hungry for clever ideas from a new generation of innovators. From creating remote-controlled flying football targets for Hasbro to dry land dog sleds for the Jamaica Dog Sled Team, the action this season culminates in the final episode when the top two scorers battle for the Grand Prize: a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel Foundation.
  • Videos & Podcasts from the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
  • Got Invention Radio - Live weekly radio show for inventors and entrepreneurs. Expert guests, successful inventors and business mentors share their experiences and resources, and help inventors with their ideas. Listen live on Thursdays at 8pm E.T.; call in or email to ask questions during the show. Visit the Blog, subscribe to the RSS feed, or connect on Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn, or MySpace (outside of school).
  • Everyday Edisons: Online high-def video episodes from Edison Nation's Emmy award-winning PBS TV series for educational programming and content on innovation; access to some videos is free, others require paid subscription.
  • Extreme Engineers - Video profiles of engineers in various branches of the field.
  • YouTube has tons of videos about inventions, including Time Magazine's 2009 Best Inventions of the Year, student invention exhibitions, wacky inventions, etc. Do a keyword search on inventions or student inventions.

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Back to TopDatabases, Digital Libraries, and Directories

Use the search widgets below, or visit the BCPS Digital Content and Databases portal to access additional databases.

National Science Digital Library - Visit the linked homepage or use the search widget below; use the Show Options pull-down menus to customize your search.

Specialized Databases

Directories and Portals

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  • Design Museum: Discover Design Design is everywhere. We are surrounded by it but often don't think about why things are the way they are. Discover Design is an interactive resource that will stimulate critical and creative approaches to design.
  • Design Your Own Robot - Introduction to robotics and interactive design tool.
  • Digital Trends - Your "gateway to a hi-tech lifestyle," here you'll find product reviews on every type of electronic gadget out there, as well as news stories and a joinable community.
  • HowStuff Works
  • Young Inventors: Inventing 101 - The basics of how inventions are made and what an inventor does. Check out the Teen Dream Inventors section for Stories of Creativity, Wacky Patents, and more.