Invention & Design:

Concepts that are useful in the study of invention and design are wondrously varied, ranging from "what looks good with what", to information on patents, to "how does Ohm's Law apply here'. This page contains pointers to many resources that may be useful, as well as searching resources which may be uses in your own quest for information.

  • Invention and Design: courses and materials that view invention and design as closely related, and therefore combine them.
  • Design: concepts, schools, applications
  • Invention: inventors, inventions, history
  • Patents: general information and searches
  • Telephone: Bell, Gray, communication, electricity
  • Alternative Energies: solar, nuclear, bio-mass, etc.
  • Environment: planning, helping, past & future
  • Searching: tools for searching the Internet
  • WWW as a Learning Tool: how others have done so
  • Miscellaneous

  • Invention and Design

    An Interdisciplinary Course at the University of Virginia
    This site includes a syllabus and related materials for a post-secondary course which allows students from any major to experience invention and design.
    A Course for Talented Ninth Through Eleventh Graders
    This site describes a course offered as part of a Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Virginia, materials from which are designed to be adapted to a wide variety of secondary situations.


    National Inventors Hall of Fame
    A wealth of information on various inventors.
    Invention Factory Home Page
    A bi-coastal virtual organization formed to push the line where Multimedia meets the Internet. Please stay tuned for further developments as we undergo extensive construction.

    The Internet Invention Store
    An Internet business dedicated to showcasing new products and services.

    The Bell Notebooks
    Extensive documentation on A.G. Bell and his process of inventing the telephone.

    The Lemelson National Program in Invention, Innovation and Creativity
    Links to a variety of projects designed to promote and teach invention, all funded by Jerome Lemelson, one of America's most successful and prolific inventors.

    Psychology of Invention
    This site, prepared by Gary Bradshaw, focuses primarily on the Wright Brothers and includes some great photographs.


    Design Division Home Page
    The Design Division at Stanford University. Emphasis on creativity, technology and design methodology, with a concern for human values and the needs of society.

    Design Education at MIT
    Information on design courses and education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    The Stanford Design EXPErience
    A three-day interactive event for design professionals .

    Systematic Design of Assembly Systems
    Assembly is normally one of the most important parts of the manufacturing process.

    Design Home Page
    Design . We frequently use the word 'design', but what is design? Akiyama (1991) notes that . "Design is an activity that recognizes the goals or purposes of products or systems.

    Clemson University Design Methodology Group
    Brought to you by those folks down South. Contains good information, as well as a nice list of other design resources.


    Patent FAQ
    Frequently asked questions about patents and the patent process. Brought to you by the the folks at DaVinci Design Company.

    U.S. Patent Searches On-Line
    Search archives of United States patents for 1994 and 1995.

    More patent searches
    A wonderful system for patent searches...free...

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


    The Bell Notebooks
    Extensive documentation on A.G. Bell and his process of inventing the telephone.

    The Lucidcafe Bell Profile

    Alternative Energies

    Alternative Energy Engineering
    You can make your own Electricity from Solar, Wind or Water Power . The new Alternative Energy Engineering Catalog and Design Guide is 112 pages of design information and equipment for making electricity.

    Natural World Links to Related Sites
    Links to related Sites . Global Environmental/Network for Information Exchange . CREST Guide to Alternative Energy Resources . Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) . Environmental Research Network. And much more...

    Solar energy related servers
    Centre for Photovoltaic Devices and Systems, University of New South Wales . Clark University, Solar Cells . Crest's Guide to Alternative Energy Resources on the Internet . Department of Energy . DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Network ...


    Guide to Environmental Resources on the Internet
    This is a guide to resources of an environmental nature which can be found on the Internet and was written to be used by researchers, environmentalists, teachers and students.

    Alternative Fuels Data Center

    Yellow Mountain Institute for Sustainable Living


    Searching and Information Servers

    WWW as a Learning Tool

    Web 66
    Stephen Collins page for K-12 education resources. Contains lots of useful information about tutorials aimed at beginning WebMasters.

    The World Lecture Hall
    This page of UT Austin Web Central contains links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver class materials. For example, you will find course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, exams, class calendars, and multimedia.


    The Discovery Channel Online
    A wide range of innovative resources dealing with education.
    U.S. Department of Education

    U.S. Copyright Office