Ben Franklin’s Curious Kite
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) “Quick! It’s stormy outside! Maybe there will be thunder and lightning! Get the kite, and let’s go fly it in the storm!” Photo by GPTMC Imagine hearing these words from your father. You might think going out to play in a storm is fun,... Read more
Culture of Innovation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) It was 5 o’clock on a warm summer evening in July 2008. In a busy part of Tokyo, people were leaving their places of work. Some were going home, and others were going out to enjoy the nightlife. It was an ordinary night. But... Read more
The Paddle Boat
ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, two boys went fishing in a small river. They were in a heavy boat with a flat bottom. Each boy had a long, fishing rod in his hands. They sat in the boat, eagerly waiting for the fish to bite. When they... Read more
MIT Cheetah Robot
ReadOasis Step 5 Scientists have been experimenting with four-legged robots for years. They want robots to carry heavy loads over difficult areas of land and do other difficult jobs. Creative Commons photo by Jiuguang-Wang But one problem is power. Now that has changed. Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of... Read more
Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 A great tree comes from a small seed, and from small beginnings come great things. Gregor wanted to solve a problem. It was a big and important problem. But he was not a big and important man. And he was not studying... Read more
Culture of Innovation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 2) Honda's Asimo Robot Innovation is hard work. An innovator could easily stop creating new things. Many people and companies rest on their past successes. But how can we keep innovating? Can we learn techniques and styles to improve our ability to innovate? For one... Read more
Culture of Innovation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 3) Another type of innovator is the Cross-Pollinator. Bees pollinate flowers when they carry the “seed powder” from one flower to another. But cross-pollination occurs when this powder is taken from one plant to a different kind of plant. The Cross-Pollinator takes various concepts and... Read more
Culture of Innovation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 4) In The Ten Faces of Innovation, the final four innovators are Builders. First is the Experience Architect. An architect designs buildings. But the Experience Architect creates remarkable experiences. This innovator excels at creating positive experiences with products, services, places, or events. He can take... Read more