Visiting History: Inventing a Better Mousetrap

High school teachers in the 2012-2013 Unveiling History TAH project investigate themes in U.S. history through patent models exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Inventing a Better Mousetrap

Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Part I

Mystery Patents: Watch as teachers identify clues to help them determine the purpose and significance of objects through their patent models.

Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Part II

Debriefing: What questions did you ask to inform your hypothesis about the object? What conclusions did you draw?