Join the Fort Worth Museums of Science and History for a thought-provoking, probing lecture covering science, technology, natural history, education, local and regional history. All lectures start at 7 p.m. in the Museum’s Oak Room, unless otherwise stated.

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Dr. Saul Thomas Griffith
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
7 p.m.
Innovation and Creativity
People typically wish to ascribe innovation and creativity to something “genius,” “magic” or “special,” as though to imply it is out of everyone’s reach save for a few. Innovation and creativity are, in fact, like any occupation, passion or hobby – available to almost anyone, just requiring hard work and commitment.

They can be encouraged and enabled with practice and diligence. As with most things, it helps to start as young as possible. At this special Lecture Series presentation, Dr. Saul Griffith will seek to describe the things that can be done at early ages to encourage creativity, and how to practice it and foster it in later life -- to create the innovations that improve the quality of life of individuals and, sometimes, everyone.

Examples of thought processes, failures, successes and the rather unglamorous hard work of “creativity” and “innovation” will be given.
Make plans now to join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, in the Museum of Science and History’s Oak Room. Tickets are $15 for non members, $12 for students, seniors (60+) and academia, and $10 for members. Tickets are on sale.
Dr. Griffith will sign copies of his latest book, HowToons: Toons of Mass Construction, and HowToons: The Possibilities are Endless, following the lecture. The books will be available for purchase in Shop Too! before and after the lecture.
About Dr. Saul Thomas Griffith
Saul Griffith is the Chief Scientist at Other Lab where he focuses his work on engineering solutions for energy production and energy efficiency.

He has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is founder or cofounder of numerous companies, including Optiopia, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, Howtoons and Makani Power.

Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. Saul holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, energy production, manufacturing and smart geometry.

He co-authors ‘Howtoons’ with Nick and Ingrid Dragotta - a childrens comic book series about building your own science and engineering gadgets. Saul is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics, and sits on various advisory boards including Duke Energy.

He rarely wears shoes, is typically found knee-deep in machinery with fists full of tools, and has holes in most of his pockets.

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