Maker Monday - 101 Inventions That Changed the World
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center's 101 Inventions that Changed the World, is a celebration of what Makers contribute to all aspects of our lives.  There were several lessons in this exhibit that I want to remember for my WGS Makers.

First, some of the best inventions are improvements on something that came before it.  And, all of them require teamwork and sharing ideas.

Second, you may come up with the most amazing, transformative idea that will impact generations (the Internet), but that doesn't mean that everyone will recognize and use it to its potential right away (the Internet was officially invented in 1969!).  So, don't give up and keep thinking of ways your idea can grow to include more usefulness for more people.

Third, toys can be some of the best inventions of all.  LEGOs, invented in 1958, made the list.  They are not only great toys for imaginative play, but have evolved to include robotics, art, and science activities that are an important part of our library makerspace.

Fourth, just because your invention isn't recognized in a list like this, doesn't mean it's not important.  I looked through the exhibit twice and confirmed that indoor plumbing did not make the list.  What?  Sure, I love the electricity in my house, but I'd rather live a week without it than a day without indoor plumbing!

There is a second exhibit focusing on the 101 Greatest Inventions from Huntsville inventors.  Look what made the cut:

Like it, love it, or hate it, Wikipedia has made a big impact on the way we find and share information.  It embodies the spirit of collaboration, discovery, critical thinking, and creation that all makers need to embrace.  So, it's okay in my book!


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