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Celebrate National Inventors' Month!
July 30, 2010

uly 30, 2010 – August is National Inventor's Month, so our friends at both The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) are celebrating.

The Lemelson Center is having a two-day family festival August 7-8 exploring music and sound innovations, with activities at the Lemelson Center and Spark!Lab, both housed within the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. For more information, visit their website at http://invention.smithsonian.org/events:

  • Spark!Lab Activites (Aug. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) – Special activities include making your own instruments from recyclable materials and mixing music on a digital music-mixing system.
  • Music of "The World of Tomorrow" (Aug. 7 and 8, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.) – DC musicians Bluebrain have created an original electronic score that will accompany silent films from the Museum's Edward J. Orth Memorial Archives of the World's Fair, 1939-1940. The theme of the 1939 New York World's Fair was "The World of Tomorrow."
  • Meet Our Museum: Electric Guitars (Aug. 7, 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.) – Curator emeritus Gary Sturm brings some of the Museum's most "rocking" objects out of storage for a close-up look at electric guitars like Prince's Yellow Cloud.
  • Meet Our Museum: Sound Recording (Aug. 8, 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.) – Curators Carlene Stephens and Hal Wallace bring artifacts from the Museum's sound recording collections out of storage. Get a special look at objects from Edison, Bell, and more.
  • Drum Circle (Aug. 8, 5 p.m.) – FunDrum Rhythm Circles founder Jonathon Murray facilitates a group drum circle in the Museum's Flag Hall.

The NCIIA will be celebrating National Inventor's Month by presenting profiles of some of the student inventors they work with throughout the month.

About The Lemelson Center

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation was founded in 1995 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History through a gift from the Lemelson Foundation. The center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. For more information, visit: http://www.invention.smithsonian.org

About the NCIIA

The NCIIA achieves positive and sustainable social and environmental impact through technological innovation by providing end-to-end service grants, mentoring and other experiential resources to higher education institutions. With support from The Lemelson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student entrepreneurs each year, leveraging their respective campuses as working laboratories and incubators for businesses and ultimately helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization. For more information, please visit http://www.nciia.org.