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Impact Inventing Showcase
September 15, 2015

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebration, the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, in conjunction with The Lemelson Foundation, presents the Impact Inventing Showcase. Three 35-45 minute sessions, occurring on the hour, will feature two inventors and a curator from the National Museum of American History on a specific theme. Each inventor will show and explain their invention and then join a curator in a conversation that will highlight the theme of impact inventing and explore the invention process and the impact of the inventions. A brief Q&A period will round out each session.

  • 11 a.m.: “Enhancing Personal Mobility” explores advances in prosthetics and wheelchairs with inventors Amos Winter and David Sengeh. Curator Katherine Ott, from the Museum's Division of Medicine and Science will moderate this session and showcase objects from the Museum's collections related to disability.
  • Noon: “Fulfilling Basic Human Needs” focuses on sustainable, environmentally-responsible inventions for cooking, clean water, and energy with inventors Ashok Gadgil and Miles Barr. Lemelson Center Director Emeritus Art Molella will moderate this session.
  • 1 p.m.: “Saving Lives” highlights cutting-edge rescue technology with inventor Nate Ball and the Natick High School Invent Team. Curator Tim Winkle will moderate this session and showcase objects from the Museum's firefighting collection.

Members of the Places of Invention team will be signing copies of the companion book from noon to 3 p.m. outside of the exhibition. Copies will be available for purchase. To learn more, download the flyer.