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I created the Inventions & Innovations Unit for my STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) classroom. I currently teach 7th grade, but this unit could be applied in grades 5 - 8. Included in this packet is an activity packet for students, directions for stations, suggestions for implementation, and a rubric for the final product. Through self-exploration students develop a deeper understanding of the difference between innovation and invention. Over the course of 8 class periods (each 47 minutes in length), students will complete four stations, discuss Rube Goldberg cartoons, review or learn about the six simple machines (inclined plane, wedge, pulley, lever, wheel and axle, and screw), and create their own Rube Goldberg contraptions using the simple machines. Everything you need to complete this unit (except for a parent volunteer/student teacher to grade the assignments) is included. Thanks for taking the time to review my product and if you use it in your classroom, please share with me how it went!!!