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 exprience, join us for a three-day workshop. We will be holding a workshop on the west coast and the 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 with tools and materials for 20 students.  

Currently, we are only accepting pre-registration. Click on the registration link to be added to the list. Please email Gayle Golding if you have any questions or contact her directly at 617-253-3410.


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

Leigh Estabrooks, EdD
Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT

Tony Perry
Invention Education Coordinator, Lemelson-MIT

Conference Schedule

More details to come as we finalize the conference agenda. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Registration 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Friday, July 14, 2017
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Hotel Accommodations

The following hotels are located near the University of California, Irvine 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.

Irvine Marriott

Residence Inn, Irvine John Wayne Airport

Hilton Irvine/Orange County

Embassy Suites by Hilton Irvine