Mad Scientist to educate children about inventors
An "Invention-ation" workshop will take place at 10 a.m. June 13 at the Johnson County Museum of History, 6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee.
The one-hour workshop will be presented by a Mad Scientist from Mad Science of Greater Kansas City. He will introduce children ages 7 to 12 to several famous inventors and discuss how inventors work and the fact that many inventions happen by accident.
The cost is $10 per person or $5 per person for Friends of the Johnson County Museum. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call (913) 715-2571 for reservation.
This program is offered in conjunction with the Made in Johnson County exhibit running through Aug.12, 2007 at the Museum of History.
The exhibit highlights inventors and entrepreneurs from Johnson County and their contributions to national and world economies. Featured inventors, like George Washington Carver, who lived briefly in Olathe as a child, were extremely prolific.
Carver developed 325 uses for the peanut, including cooking oil and printers' ink, as well as many other inventions.
Other inventors are lesser-known and created their products by "accident."
Ray Otis McIntire, a Gardner native, is an excellent example. McIntire accidentally invented Styrofoam while working for Dow Chemical in the early 1940s, in an attempt to create a replacement for rubber during the height of World War II.
Dow patented the invention in 1944 and intended to use it as floatation material for tanks, but the military soon discovered it was prone to explode. Instead, the product has become widely used for disposable food containers, packing materials and craft materials