The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been celebrating outstanding inventors and working to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers for twenty five years. We are now working to share what we have learned with educators across the U.S. as we believe that the development of creative and inventive mindsets is critical to young people’s ability to thrive in today’s technologically driven, rapidly changing world.

Who should attend: Educators of all grade levels, after school professionals, or other educators who want to enrich students' educational experience through invention. 

What will you learn: The workshop will develop educators’ capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem. The workshop includes strategies for the effective use of JV InvenTeam activity guides made available free of charge on our website here.

Why participate with us: We have helped thousands of high school teachers and student teams across the country learn to invent. Case studies and research publications offer evidence that our approach to invention education helps students develop confidence in their ability to engage in STEM and pursue STEM college and career pathways, even if they have had little exposure in the past to STEM. Our evidence-based model also transforms educators’ approach to teaching and facilitating student learning, and helps schools and districts make connections to STEM professionals in their communities and other community supporters. You can read our case studies and published research here.

Cost: Registration is $1,500 per participant and includes lunch and workshop materials. Space is limited to 30 educators at each site. We will maintain a waitlist once the registration limit is reached.

Contact: Email Emily Meehan if you have any questions. You can also contact her directly at 617-253-3410.

Presenters

Workshop sessions will be taught and faciliated by the Lemelson-MIT Program staff (former teachers) and former InvenTeam educators.

Tony Perry
Invention Education Coordinator, Lemelson-MIT

Doug Scott
InvenTeam Master Teacher, Hopkinton High School

Doug Scott was an educator on the Natick High School InvenTeam in 2013. He is now a Robotics and Information Teacher at Hopkinton High School in Massachusetts. He was a business undergraduate student at Framingham State University, but was always a lifelong inventor at heart. Doug’s 12 year teaching career sprung from his hockey coaching experiences, which have been instrumental in helping him motivate students through the inventing processes. Doug accompanied two student representatives from the Natick High School InvenTeam to the fourth White House Science Fair in May 2014 and their invention was awarded U.S. Patent 20,140,360,420 in January 2017. Doug was awarded the 2014 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year during a state-wide ceremony on October 22, 2014. Raytheon Corporation and the Hall at Patriot Place presented the award.

Hotel Accommodations

A discounted price of $239 a night has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Monsignor O'Brien Highway in Cambridge.  Book online here to take advantage of the room block or you can contact Andrew Connors directly at 617-577-7600 or andrew.connors@hhmlp.com 

Excursions 

Attendees who want to explore Boston after the workshop, can pay an additional registration fee of $40 to be taken on a Boston Duck tour. The tour will board at the Museum of Science location.