Developing Creative, Inventive Mindsets and Skills that Prepare Middle and High School Students for Careers in a Rapidly Changing World


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 more than twenty 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 are critical to young people’s ability to thrive in today’s technologically driven, rapidly changing world.

Who should attend: If you are a middle or high school teacher, after school professional, or other educator who wants to enrich your students' educational exeprience, join us for a three-day workshop. We will be holding a workshop on the west and east coast.

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 guides made available free of charge on our website here.

Cost: Registration is $1,500 per participant and includes food (breakfast and lunch for all three days), workshop materials, and a classroom kit. 

Registration is closed. Email Gayle Golding 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 assisted by our former InvenTeam educators.

Leigh Estabrooks, EdD
Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT

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.

Michael Gallagher
InvenTeam Master Teacher, Saratoga Springs High School

Michael Gallagher was an educator on the Saratoga Springs High School InvenTeam in 2008. He is in his 16th year of teaching Technology Education in the Saratoga Springs City School District in New York where he is the department chairperson. A Master Teacher in the Project Lead the Way program for the past thirteen years, he trains PLTW teachers each summer. Michael continues to garner local support in New York for the expansion of Educating Young Engineers (EYE). The very popular Saturday engineering programs for local elementary school students during 2014-2015 sold out. He continues to facilitate the Saratoga Inventors Club. Inventive work this year in Mike’s Engineering Design and Development class has included an autonomous hydroponic garden and two engines - nitinol  and Stirling – focused on improving engine efficiencies. One of his greatest joys is working with and mentoring new InvenTeams each year.

Mark Westlake 
InvenTeam Master Teacher, Saint Thomas Academy

Mark Westlake was an educator on the Saint Thomas Academy InvenTeam in 2008. He is an honors physics teacher at Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Solar Car Challenge Foundation, writes a blog for National Geographic, and fosters invention in educators and students all over the United States. The Minnesota Chapter of the Air Force Association named Mark Westlake, physics teacher at Saint Thomas Academy, the 2014-2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on May 15, 2015.

Conference Schedule

More details to come as we finalize the schedule.

Monday, July 24, 2017
Registration 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Simons Building (Building 2 - Room 190)

Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hotel Accommodations 

The following hotels are located near the Massachusetts Insititute of Technology where the workshop will be held. This list is for reference purposes only. We do not endorse, authorize, or require patronage at any of the establishments mentioned.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Boston Cambridge

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston Cambridge

The Boston Marriott Cambridge 

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Courtyard Boston Cambridge

Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT

Double Tree Suites Hilton Hotel Boston

Cancelling, Transferring Registration and Waitlist Policy

Contact us before June 15th to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee to cancel your registration. After June 15th, no refunds will be issued. We will accommodate transfers whenever possible.