The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center engages, educates, and empowers the public to participate in technological, economic, and social change. Drawing on and contributing to the Smithsonian Institution’s world-leading collections of artifacts and archives, the Lemelson Center’s scholarship and programming advance the historical study of invention and innovation, encourage children and adults to apply their curiosity to real-world problems, and showcase the diversity of inventors who have shaped world history.