Mistakes that Worked

Mistakes that Worked

Mistakes are oftened feared. We often veiw mistakes as failure. However, sometimes mistakes work! Sometimes, what we stumble into accidently can become great inventions and change our world for the better!

It is your job tolearn about several mistakes that work. Throughout our inventors unit, we will learn that mistakes happen to everyone and it is okay to make mistakes!

Your job is to take a journey and search for answers among the websites provided to you. In the "Process" part of this scavenger hunt, you will find questions that you will need to answer. 

Silly Putty
According to this website, who invented Silly Putty? What was the original name given to this substance? What two substances were mixed together to create Silly Putty?


Joseph McVicker
What did Joseph McVicker invent? Why did he invent it?


Potato Chip
Who invented the potato chip? What is the story behind the creation of this food?


Helen Murray Free
Helen Murray Free invented something that makes life easier for many people with a medical problem. What did she invent? Where was she born?


Post-It Notes
Why did Arthur Fry invent the Post-It Notes? What was the specific problem that he had that led him to the solution of his problem? Who invented the glue?


What was the original name of Kool-Aid? Who invented it? How old was he when he set up a mail order business?


Why did Earle Dickson invent Band-Aids? What did he cover the tape and gauze with in order to keep it sterile? What company did Earle Dickson work for?


How old was Frank Epperson when he invented the Popsicle? Was the invention accidental or planned? Who now owns the rights to the Popsicle?


When was Coca-Cola invented? In what device did Dr. John Pemberton create Coca-Cola? Who first scripted the Cola-Cola logo, and what was his job?


Who created the Slinky? What fell on the floor and gave him the idea of making a toy? What is the jingle (song) that goes along with Slinky?


Life Savers
What did Clarence Crane manufacture before Life Savers? Why did he create Life Savers? What was the first Life Saver flavor?


What company made the first kids' crayons? What colors were in the first box sold? How were Edward Binney and C. Harold Smith related?


Double Puzzle Challenge

Mistakes That Worked

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