A visit from inventors


Spencer Silver, left, and Art Fry, inventors of the Post-it Note, talked to participants of Camp Invention at Central Park Elementary in Roseville Aug. 3. courtesy of National Inventors Hall of Fame

Fry and Silver autograph participants' logbooks. courtesy of National Inventors Hall of Fame

Spencer Silver, left, and Art Fry, inventors of the Post-it Note and 2010 inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, visited with participants of Camp Invention at Central Park Elementary in Roseville Aug. 3. Kids had the opportunity to meet the award-winning innovators, who talked about their accomplishments as well as their challenges and failures, and encouraged the little investors to persist. 

Decades ago, Fry was a new product development researcher at 3M when he learned of the adhesive microspheres that his colleague, Silver, had developed, an adhesive that was pressure-sensitive and had a low degree of adhesion. Fry told kids about how he coated some paper with the adhesive and made “repositionable notes,” and thus the concept of Post-it Notes was born. The little sticky notes were introduced nationally in the United States in 1980.  

Camp Invention, a nation-wide summer enrichment program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade, is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Using hands-on activities, the camp aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning -- in a fun and engaging environment. 

Jesse Poole


 

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