Research & Reports
Enhancing inventiveness for quality of life, competitiveness, and sustainability is a report by the Committee for the Study of Invention, sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Program and the National Science Foundation. It is based on an invention study undertaken by 56 leading scholars and practitioners during a series of five workshops in 2003. The report was released April 23, 2004, at the Invention Assembly in Washington, D.C.
This research explores the ways in which high school student inventors define the terms failure and learning from failure as well as what they learn about creative failure while inventing that may be applicable to other contexts. A 14-year-old grants program for high school inventors served as the site of study. Findings from this study make visible participants’ emic understandings of creative failure.