Inventors and inventions

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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to inventing, inventions, inventors, technology, gizmos, re-using, creativity and imagination. SCIS 1628624

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Inventors and Inventions

Lists of inventors, their inventions and the date, organised by topic.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary 

Kiwi Innovation

From referee whistle to the zorb, this site looks at a range of fascinating New Zealand inventions.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term inventions.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Meet the inventors

Read about a variety of 20th and 21st century inventors and their inventions. The common theme of their stories is being curious, observant, persistent, and passionate.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

Te Ara : Inventions, patents and trademarks

History of New Zealand inventions. Also includes brief information on patents.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Wicked: Eureka! Inventors and Inventions

Includes links to information, interactive and learning activities specifically aimed at New Zealand children. Includes Māori language links.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate!-Inventors-and-Inventions


Britannica Online School Edition provides a timeline on the development of technology and invention.School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Awesome Dawson, by Chris Gall, 2013 (picture book)
Papa’s mechanical fish, by Candace Fleming, 2013 (picture book)
Rosie Revere, by Andre Beaty, 2013 (picture book)

Inventors and inventions. Aznugirl. Youtube. 1.39.

A day in history: inventions and inventors. That was history. Youtube. 1.36 (22 videos)