The 5/6 social studies curriculum is focusing on inventors and innovative thinkers. Grace was pretty enthused about this web site, from the Smithsonian, that describes a lot of kitchen-science projects and potential inventions. We're also looking forward to a family trip to the Boston Science Museum, particularly to learn about making roller coasters from k'nex -- who thought up the idea of Roller Coasters anyway? (and, in a political aside, this letter to the editor from Abigail Disney is provocative -- what is the role of public spending / the collective in supporting the innovative thinking of a few?)
Here's a list of web sites for kids from MIT - we haven't explored many of them.
Do you or your kids have any favorite web sites to explore inventors and innovative thinkers?