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Inventive Spirit

Engaging Albertans in the innovation process at a young age is an important mandate of many of the province's research establishments.At the most basic level, successful inventions make our day-to-day activities easier and more economical. On a grander scale, inventions move the seemingly impossible into the realm of the possible. The intellectual and creative journey undertaken to find answers to functional problems and practical questions encompasses the human inventive spirit.

It takes a visionary to not only see the potential inherent in a specific idea, but also to transform it into an invention or, eventually, an innovation. Inventors are risk-takers and critical thinkers who share a curiosity about the human condition. The same artistic impulse that inspires painters and poets, drives many inventors to move beyond the pursuit of new knowledge to construct useful tools that improve our quality of life. Other inventors, like Calgary's Wally Cartwright, the man responsible for the charming "Mall-ette" game, invent to fulfill a personal need for creative expression.

This section addresses the complex issues Alberta inventors face during various development phases, including the initial generation and refinement of ideas, challenges and obstacles, research and development, ethical concerns, the detailed patent application process, and the policies and research establishments that aid in the transfer of technology and knowledge.

Heritage Trail : Early Flight In Alberta (Part 1): The Underwood brothers from central Alberta designed an experimental machine to take to the skies.
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Heritage Trail : Early Flight In Alberta (Part 2): William Gibson's success based on finding the right place for testing.
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