Inventions We're Thankful For
We're thankful for many things here at EFK — our team, our amazing students, our new Cognia Certification, to name a few. But we wouldn't be where we are today, without some help from those who came before us.
Here are some inventions that have had a significant impact on humanity and that we're eternally thankful for!
Imagine not having a way to track when you need to start work? Or what time your child needs to be in homeroom? We know the sun comes up in the morning and goes down in the evening, but thanks to early civilizations we have an actual way of tracking time. While sundials were the first devices used thousands of years ago, mechanical clocks have found a permanent home in our modern worlds.
The Printing Press
To think, there was a time in history when books were limited to only a select few in society! This completely changed with the Gutenberg printing press and the industrial revolution. Thanks to this machine, newspapers and books could be mass-produced and accessible for many.
Did you know, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. homes have two (or more) fridges? We can thank Jacob Perkins, the father of refrigeration, and Oliver Evans for this important invention. Since the first machine was built in 1834, the designs may have changed through the years but their function remains the same — keeping perishables from spoiling.
Communication across long distances used to be almost impossible. While sending letters through the mail was the common solution at the time, there was still a major time delay in receiving a response. Enter: the telegraph (the precursor to the modern-day telephone). With the introduction of the telegraph and the Morse code, communication became easier and society became more connected.
As day turned to night, it would become impossible to see in the darkness. But in 1879, Thomas Edison perfected his light solution. By using tungsten as the filament material, society no longer needed to depend on just daylight to function. Thanks to the lightbulb, businesses can stay open later, people can drive home safely in the evenings, and students can finish up their homework before bed!
Computers have come a long way since their earliest designs — what used to take up a full room and weigh tons, can now basically fit in your pocket. Without the computer (or the invention of the world wide web), you wouldn’t be able to look up directions, research your health symptoms, or even read this list!
Technology continues to evolve every day and as a student of Engineering For Kids, your child can excel with it! Contact your local EFK to learn more about our cutting-edge programs»