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St John the Baptist Primary School, Belfast

Inventions and inventors

Inventors and inventions is a fascinating topic and in Primary 4 we are learning about and investigating inventions in the modern ear as well as many scientific developments which have shaped our world today. This study will help us when we make an invention of our own later this term.

Do you know where many of the things we now take for granted originated from, such as the plasters you use to cover cuts? A lady called Mrs. Earl Dickson was an inexperienced cook and often burned and cut herself. Mr. Dickson, a Johnson and Johnson employee, got plenty of practice in hand bandaging! Out of concern for his wife's safety, he began to prepare bandages ahead of time so that his wife could apply them by herself. By combining a piece of surgical tape  and a piece of gauze, he fashioned the first crude adhesive strip bandage!