Dr. Ed Sobey

Lesson Designer

Dr. Ed Sobey is internationally acclaimed for his insights into creativity for kids of all ages! “Dr. Ed” globetrots to deliver a powerful message that kids learn best when they are creatively engaged. First a research scientist and later a museum director, Ed discovered the power of creative learning as Director of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. During the day he worked with the world’s most successful inventors to discover what gave them the passion to make discoveries. He saw the same passion evolve at home as his young sons invented, played, and learned.

Seeing the same learning process at work in preeminent inventors and school-age children led Ed to develop the Kids Invent! Approach, an educational program sought by educators and policymakers all over the world.

You can find out more about Ed’s work at the Northwest Invention Center at invention-center.com.

And, you can watch a video on Ed, “Curiosity, Exploring, Failure, and Plan B” at: http://vimeo.com/67350649.


Course taught by Dr. Ed Sobey

Tinker’s Club: Do you like to invent and build things? One problem we inventors always face is a lack of sufficient building materials. With some creative thinking, however, you can transform common materials into building materials. Thomas Edison said: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” You probably have a good imagination, so we will help you gather the pile of junk. When you invent, your eyes explore the room in an attempt to find the perfect thing that will make your creation work. The more “junk” you have around you, the easier your job of inventing will be. So where do you find this junk? That’s where our first challenge will help!