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Huge and inspiring, it's filled with an unparalleled collection of over 26 million artifacts cataloging the human stories that make up American History. It's a place where students can come face-to-face with the tales of the inventors, scientists and social visionaries who steered and are steering America into a place of global pre-eminence. A place where innovation is a state of mind, that can be taught and nurtured as a culture.

Now through digital technology suited for the 21st Century learner, The Henry Ford's innovative educational tools and resources are accessible online. Bring into your classroom, scout group, youth group or workforce to encourage participants to apply the core principles of innovation as they strive to be successful.
Innovation 101 Module & Lesson Plans
Innovation 101 is a unique and dynamic digital educational module that uses oral history interviews of some of America's iconic innovators (past and present) from The Henry Ford's OnInnovation website for active teaching and learning.

Innovation 101 is designed to be an introductory module that can be used by schoolteachers, youth service providers, instructors in colleges and universities as well as trainers in a corporate setting.

This five-day, 45-minute-a-day, easy-to-implement module is geared toward introducing participants to the basic tenets of innovation as they explore various traits and processes used by innovators, past and present. Toward the conclusion of the module, participants can focus on the core keys of innovation that can inspire them to be innovative in their own lives. Post-unit, project-based learning activities and ideas can be used in the weeks following Innovation 101 to inspire continued participant engagement.

Innovation 101 actively engages participants in critical 21st-century skills development such as critical thinking, problem solving and creativity fueling self-directed learning and digital literacy.

Supporting work sheets, glossaries of terms, inspiring quotes and project ideas offer an unduplicated learning opportunity for the teacher and the participant.

Innovation 101 Module Overview, Format and Methodology: Download Summary
Understand how this module can be used, as well as, its diverse audiences.

National Curriculum/Standards Alignment:
Learn how Innovation 101 can augment curriculum in 21st Century Skills, Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM, English and CTE (Career and Technical Education) with your purchase of the hard copy of Innovation 101 Curriculum with DVD.
Destination Innovation
The Henry Ford offers a wide range of rich and compelling educational resources ( for teachers and students in the categories of American Democracy & Civil Rights, Transportation in America, America’s Industrial Revolution, American Innovation, Family & Community Life, and Science & Technology. Explore our innovative digital lesson and unit plans, over 20,000 digitized collections and comprehensive classroom supplemental materials which provide deeper context and learning application tools with which you can inspire and motivate your students. Also, be sure to tap into our comprehensive OnLearning Educator Resource Guide for a better understanding of our onsite and online offerings.

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Supplemental Resources

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Paula Gangopadhyay
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