Inventions since 1930
Lego was invented in Denmark.

Inventions since 1930

One of the topics looked at in KS2 history is how the past has shaped the world of today. One aspect of this children will study is popular inventions made since the 1930s.

There are many inventions made in the past that have shaped the world of today. Most of these are very old, such as farming, the wheel or sewers, but some of them are quite new. There are lots of inventions we use today that were unknown before the 1930s. Some things that we take for granted have only been around for a short while - mobile 'phones and the World Wide Web for example. Once we get used to an invention, such as the television, the washing machine or the car, it's very hard to imagine life without it!.

Take this test and discover what you know about some of the inventions made since the 1930s that have shaped the world of today.

1.
In which country was Lego invented?
The UK
The USA
Germany
Denmark
Lego means play well in Danish
2.
Which year was the World Wide Web launched?
1970
1980
1990
2000
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is an English computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web
3.
Who manufactured the first CDs in 1980?
Philips
Sony
Microsoft
Apple
CD stands for Compact Disc
4.
In which decade was the first microwave oven available?
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
This was far too large for home use. The first one that was small enough for homes was introduced in 1967
5.
Who invented frozen food?
Clarence Birdseye
Charlie Findus
Thomas Edison
Alexander Graham Bell
Birdseye's first job was stuffing animals!
6.
In which year did research into mobile 'phones begin?
1947
1957
1967
1977
The research took a long time. The first mobile 'phone network was in Japan in 1979
7.
What did John Logie Baird invent?
The telephone
The telegraph
The television
The telescope
John Logie Baird was a Scotsman and he was voted number 44 in the BBC's list of the 100 Greatest Britons
8.
Three companies raced to launch the first personal computer in which year?
1957
1967
1977
1987
The companies were Tandy, Commodore and Apple
9.
Cat's eyes were invented in 1933. Where would you find a Cat’s eye?
In a pet shop
In the middle of the road
In a car
In a kitchen
Percy Shaw from Yorkshire invented the cat's eye in 1933 and now they are used all over the world
10.
How many televisions were there in the world in 1936?
2
200
2,000
20,000
In 1996 there were 1 billion TVs in the world

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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