This resource is designed to introduce you to some of the inventors and inventions originating in Leeds during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries - from cinematography to the rack and pinion railway. Students can explore the work of designers and engineers who have influenced the development of products today and in the past.
It is worth noting that all these historical inventors are male, due to the cultural and societal norms of the time. Students may need to be made aware of this.
- KS3 Design and Technology: The design cycle; Product design - the role of the professional designer
- KS3 History: Britain, 1745-1901 - Britain as the first industrial nation
Knowledge of industrial heritage and individual inventors
Understanding of the role played by significant individuals in history
Skills to apply and discuss concepts such as patents, innovation and intellectual property
There are several downloadable worksheets within this resource to test and extend students' learning:
- Develop a marketing and advertising campaign for a new invention from one of the inventors within this resource.
- Create a storyboard for a short film about the life of one of the pioneers within this resource
- Use this brief to write a news story about one of the inventions featured in this resource.
Develop plans for your own invention. Think about what the challenges facing life today. Perhaps it's something that you have thought might make your own day to day life easier or something to help humans, animals or plants to survive or something that can solve global problems. Think big or small. What might your solution be? Design your solution and make it out of modelling materials.
If you had a shop in Leeds what would you sell? Why? What would you need to do to make your shop successful? Write an advert or poster for your shop.
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