Hedy Lamarr was a famous MGM Hollywood film actress, producer and, off screen, a brilliant inventor. She was known by the public as the “most beautiful woman in the world” and was adored for her performances on screen. But in between takes, she could be found in her trailer conducting scientific experiments. Her interest in invention began at the age of 5 when she took apart a music box and reassembled it. Check out the episode here.
Now that you’ve listened to the story about Hedy Lamarr, it’s time to let your imagination soar and get started on an activity inspired by her life of invention! Read on for activities!
Think about Hedy Lamarr's curiosity and passion for experimentation and come up with your own invention. Think about what you would like to create—is it a new item or different way of doing something? What problem are you solving or how are you improving on something that already exists?
Use the “My Invention” Worksheet and write down your answers to these questions:
What’s your invention’s name?
What’s the purpose of your invention?
How does your invention work?
How will it help others?
Draw a sketch of your invention!
Download the HEDY LAMARR GUIDE with even more activities!