NJ fourth-graders’ Invention Convention enriched by ISRAEL21c

Nancy Miller, a technology teacher at The Moriah School in Englewood, New Jersey, recently wrote to report that her pupils used information from our article “Israel’s top 45 greatest inventions of all time” to prepare for the school’s annual fourth-grade Invention Convention.

The story featured the 45 indispensable Israeli innovations highlighted in a special exhibit last year at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. The ever-churning Israeli mind has brought us drip irrigation, the electric car grid, the Disk-on-Key, the PillCam, the solar window, a burglar-proof door and much more.

By coincidence, there are exactly 45 fourth-graders.

“I had my students look at your article and make a graphic organizer to display at the event,” Miller wrote. “We’ve talked about Israeli inventions in the past when we did this unit, and after reading about the exhibit I thought it would be great to do a separate display this time.”

A page of the graphic organizer made by Moriah School fourth-graders based on ISRAEL21c’s article.
A page of the graphic organizer made by Moriah School fourth-graders based on ISRAEL21c’s article.

Robin Wexler, associate principal of general studies in the Moriah Lower School, added, “I felt that introducing the students to Israeli inventors and inventions helped to broaden their understanding of the invention process and build upon their tremendous respect and appreciation for our Israeli ‘brothers and sisters.’”

Miller receives ISRAEL21c’s weekly newsletter for her own edification. “For teaching, I’d definitely want to use it more,” she says.

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About Abigail Klein Leichman

Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.