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Media may use images from the Lemelson Center Image Bank free of charge. These images are high-resolution, publication-quality, Photoshop .jpg files.

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16 images on 2 pages

Logo for Invention at Play

Lemelson Center
File size: 1256k
Entrance to Invention at Play exhibit

Smithsonian photo by Richard Strauss
File size: 2715k
Al Nappo and his son, Max, 3, practice their canoeing off Kevlar Island in Invention at Play.

Smithsonian photo by Richard Strauss
File size: 6189k
Al Nappo and his son, Max, age 3, experiment and explore with Whirligigs in the Invention Playhouse.

Smithsonian photo by Richard Strauss
File size: 1622k
Mechanical sculpture artist Arthur Ganson's "27 Scraps of Paper" sets the tone for Invention at Play.

Smithsonian photo by Richard Strauss
File size: 2833k
Inventor James McLurkin designed and built twelve "ant" robots, each powered by a tiny internal computer. McLurkin combines ideas from engineering with biology.

Photo by Donna Coveney, courtesy of MIT News Office
File size: 2306k
Inventor James McLurkin as a child with one of his favorite toys.

Photo courtesy of James McLurkin
File size: 2594k
Inventor James McLurkin working on electric circuits.

Photo by Philip Greenspun, courtesy of James McLurkin
File size: 2383k
Inventor James McLurkin is helping push the frontiers of robotics by combining ideas from engineering with biology.

Smithsonian photo by Jeff Tinsley
File size: 1692k
Stephanie Kwolek’s work at DuPont in the 1960s led to the development of Kevlar®, a fiber best known for its use in bullet-resistant vests.

Photo by Michael Branscom, courtesy of Lemelson-MIT Program
File size: 6062k

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