By Boone Evans

The Swivel Chair

Not only is Thomas Jefferson known as the father of democracy, but he also invented the swivel chair. His invention is important because it allows the sitter to accomplish a day's work without having to stand or move hardly and muscles, thus making his invention a tool of liberty and justice for all who work long hours in an office. Most of the chairs in our school are swivel chairs (excluding the desks), as are office chairs. Being able to have pleasurable comfort while getting work done is why this invention is so important.

The 3D Printer

Now becoming a lot more popular as technology progresses, stereolithography, or 3D printing, is revolutionizing the way we synthesize objects. Invented by Chuck Hull, 3D printing seems to have an endless potential as body parts, food, surgical implants, and even weapons are being created through the use of 3D design. In the future, organic materials could be used to print up a new organ or fast food. An invention that makes your virtual ideas come to life sounds pretty important to me.

The Smartphone

Though several inventors did pioneering work on electronic voice transmission, Alexander Graham Bell took credit for inventing the telephone. Ever since it's release, the telephone has shown to be autocatalytic, as we now have smart phones. This invention is important because it allows us to communicate and connect with each other almost instantly, which then in turn opens up even more opportunities for improvements in the world.


Vaccines are important right? Well did you know that this vaccine is actually a fungus that they inject into you? Although the idea might sound crazy, it is actually an amazing idea that was discovered by the scientist Alexander Fleming on accident. Penicillin is a fungus that breaks down the protein peptidoglycan. Since the cell membrane of bacteria is mainly composed of peptidoglycan, the fungus attacks the bacteria, destroying the cell. Scientist over the years have perfected the vaccine so that it is completely safe to use in humans. Next time you get your shots, just appreciate where science has come and how one accidental discovery can save so many lives.

The Wheel

Before the invention of the wheel in 3500 B.C., humans were severely limited in how much stuff we could transport over land, and how far. Wheeled carts facilitated agriculture and commerce by enabling the transportation of goods to and from markets, as well as easing the burdens of people traveling great distances. Now, wheels are vital to our way of life, found in everything from clocks to vehicles to turbines. Whenever you need a ride to your friends house, or need to look up the time, just remember how important the wheel has been throughout the course of humanity.