What do JV InvenTeams learn?

Students participating in JV InvenTeams learn how to safely use tools and explore new materials to use in hands-on projects. Teams of students practice invention-based design activities and apply their learned skills to create useful and unique projects, including shoe soles and wearable electronics. They build confidence and curiosity around STEM areas including structures, electricity, materials, and robotics. Students develop greater appreciation for the role of invention in improving lives.

Here's what JV InvenTeam students have to say:

"I learned some new methods of design that I believe I can use a lot in the future. One of my favorite methods was the process of mold making with shoe design, which I can apply to making robotics parts in the future." 

"Building this invention showed me that people, no matter what age or status, can help other people and can have an impact in the world."

Not a grantee, but interested in free downloads of JV InvenTeams curriculum? 

JV InvenTeams Activity Guides and Invention Kits are available for everyone. Activity guides for educators and students are available free for download on our website. Click here to learn more about the JV InvenTeams Activity Guides. If you want the companion invention kits that go along with the activities in each digital guide for your classroom or after school program, you can order them online at a cost.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who funds the JV InvenTeam initiative?
The Lemelson-MIT Program awards JV InvenTeam grants and manages the initiative. The Lemelson-MIT Program is a grantee of The Lemelson Foundation, and is administered by the School of Engineering at MIT.
Corporate partnerships, donations and sponsors supplement materials and financial support to JV InvenTeams. The JV InvenTeam initiative is an exceptional enrichment addition to 21st Century Community Learning Center sites.

How can I become involved with JV InvenTeams as a mentor, partner or sponsor?
The Lemelson-MIT Program provides corporations, universities, civic groups, nonprofits and private foundations the opportunity to engage in meaningful mentorship and sponsorship opportunities. Partners with an interest in K-12 hands-on STEM learning, should contact Invention Education Officer, Leigh Estabrooks at leighe@mit.edu to learn more.

Who created the series of design activities for JV InvenTeams? Have the activities been tested?
The series is drawn from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology community and created by the Lemelson-MIT Program. Students and educators at The Community Charter School of Cambridge (Cambridge, Mass.) generously pilot the JV InvenTeam activities.

What is the teacher's role in a JV InvenTeam?
The teacher is required to apply for the grant. The teacher also recruits students for the after-school initiative and safely guides the students through each activity. The teacher is advised to work with students in the spirit of hands-on learning.

Is the JV InvenTeam initiative a competition?
No, the initiative is not a competition. It is a collaborative approach to building problem-solving skills and cultivating STEM skills and creativity, which is essential to invent.

Mentorship and sponsorship opportunities

The Lemelson-MIT Program provides corporations, universities, civic groups, nonprofits and private foundations the opportunity to engage in meaningful mentorship and sponsorship opportunities. Partners with an interest in K-12 hands-on STEM learning, should contact Invention Education Officer, Leigh Estabrooks at leighe@mit.edu to learn more.