Happy Inventors’ Day, America!

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American society often tells restless kids to do two very different things at the same time. Go change the world — but do it in a way that makes us comfortable. Question authority — as long as “authority” lives somewhere else.

Fortunately, the long history of scientific discovery points out a secret third path open to young explorers. Mythbuster Adam Savage examines this option — and the benefits of restless curiosity — in a fast-paced and engaging TED-Ed video (Watch: How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries.)

This week, share his TED-Ed lesson with students to deepen understanding of how simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries.

Then share this TED-Ed lesson series to introduce a cornucopia of inventions that shape history.

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