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18 inventions still used today in a fun online history learning game.

The "Great Inventions" is a free online knowledge level game about some important inventions and devises
used in everyday life. Shoot the inventions to collect them. Included a picture and invented year.
A small shooting game for desktop computers, laptops and tablets, which may be played in the web browser.
The History Knowledge Board include 18 pictures and invention years to play with.
The game is part of the Interactive Civilization Monuments educational tools.

This fun education class may answer some of the following questions:
  • What medieval inventions we use today?
  • What ancient inventions we still use today?
  • Whta are most recent and popular inventions?
  • When was telephone invented?
  • When was the hard disk drive invented?
Great Inventions Picture

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How to play Great Inventions Online Game.

Some random inventions will begin to appear and dissapear on the screen. Hit them with the mouse to
collect them in the inventory panel on the top of the screen. You must hit every invention at least once to
win the game.

Knowledge Achievements:
Know at least 7 inventions through history.
Difficulty: Average.
Winning the game rewards +1 Knowledge Level on Planeta 42.
Here is a gameplay movie on YouTube.

Great Inventions Screenshot

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Class subject: Great Inventions part 1.

This fun shooting game may practice the memmory and thinking. Here are the inventions included in the game:

1. Papyrus - 3000 BC. Papyrus is a material similar to thick paper that was used in ancient times as writing surface. Papyrus was first manufactured in Egypt as far back as the fourth millennium BCE.

2. Comb - 3000 BC. A comb is a toothed device used for styling, cleaning and managing hair and scalp. Combs are among the oldest tools found by archaeologists, having been discovered in very refined forms from settlements dating back to 5,000 years ago in Persia.

3. Coins - 1500 BC. A coin is a small, flat, round piece of metal or plastic used primarily as a medium of exchange in order to facilitate trade. The first coins were developed independently in Iron Age Anatolia and Archaic Greece, India and China around the 7th and 6th centuries BCE.

4. Glass - 1000 BC. Glass is a non-crystalline amorphous solid that is often transparent and has widespread practical, technological, and decorative usage. In general, archaeological evidence suggests that the first true glass was made in coastalnorth Syria, Mesopotamia or ancient Egypt.

5. Crane - 515 BC. A crane is a type of machine, that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally. The crane for lifting heavy loads was invented by the Ancient Greeks in the late 6th century BC.

6. Astrolabe - 150 BC. An astrolabe is a devicer, used by astronomers and navigators, to measure the inclined position in the sky of acelestial body, to identify stars or planets and determine local latitude given local time and vice versa. An early astrolabe was invented in the Hellenistic world by Apollonius of Perga, around 220 BC or in 150 BC and is often attributed to Hipparchus.


7. Crankshaft - 200 AD. A crankshaft is a mechanical part able to perform a conversion between reciprocating motion and rotational motion. A Roman iron crank of yet unknown purpose dating to the 2nd century AD was excavated in Augusta Raurica, Switzerland.

8. Fishing Reel - 200 AD. A fishing reel is a cylindrical device attached to a fishing rod used in winding and stowing line. In literary records, the earliest evidence of the fishing reel comes from a 4th-century AD work entitled Lives of Famous Immortals.

9. Windmill - 650 AD. A windmill is a mill that converts the energy of wind into rotational energy by means of vanes called sails or blades. The first practical windmills had sails that rotated in a horizontal plane, around a vertical axis. These panemone windmills were invented in eastern Persia.

10. Cannon - 1326. A cannon is any piece of artillery that uses gunpowder or other usually explosive-based propellants to launch a projectile. The invention of the cannon, driven by gunpowder, was first developed in China and later spread to the rest of the world.

11. Printing press - 1439. A printing press is a device for applying pressure to an inked surface resting upon a print medium, thereby transferring the ink. The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440, based on existing screw presses.

12. Rifle - 1500. A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves cut into the barrel walls. The origins of rifling are difficult to trace, but some of the earliest practical experiments seem to have occurred in Europe during the 15th century.


13. Alcohol Thermometer - 1709. A thermometer is a device that measures temperature or a temperature gradient. Various authors have credited the invention of the thermometer to Hero of Alexandria. The thermometer was not a single invention, however, but adevelopment. In 1709 Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit invents the alcohol thermometer.

14. Telephone - 1876. The telephone converts sound, typically and most efficiently the human voice, into electronic signals suitable for transmission. Alexander Graham Bell was the first to be awarded a patent for the electric telephone by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in March 1876.

15. Incandescent light bulb - 1879. Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison both patent a functional Incandescent light bulb. Some two dozen inventors had experimented with electric incandescent lighting over the first three-quarters of the 19th century but never came up with a practical design.

16. Zipper - 1891. A zipper is a commonly used device for binding the edges of an opening of fabric or other flexible material, like on a garment or a bag. In 1891 Whitcomb Judson invents the zipper.

17. HDD - 1956. A hard disk drive (HDD), is a data storage device that uses magnetic storage to store and retrieve digital information using rapidly rotating disks coated with magnetic material. Hard disk drives were introduced in 1956, as data storage for an IBM real-time transaction processing computer.

18. USB - 1996. USB, short for Universal Serial Bus, is an industry standard that defines cables, connectors and communications protocols for connection, communication, and power supply between computers and devices. A group of seven companies began the development of USB in 1994: Compaq, DEC, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, and Nortel.

Some of the included history pictures in the game:

Comb jpg
Crane jpg
Astrolabe jpg
Coins jpg
Windmill jpg
Fishing Reel jpg
HDD jpg
USB jpg

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