Invigorate your teaching at this three-day event
Experience invention education that offers opportunities for:
- Inclusivity in STEM
- Teaching across disciplines (transdisciplinary)
- Building computational literacy
- Engaging students in their local communities
Meet expert speakers, educators, and colleagues who will share activities and techniques that enable students from all walks of life to develop confidence in their ability to engage in STEM. You will experience activities that:
- Support the engagement of students from diverse backgrounds in STEM learning
- Develop students’ capacities to think and act as inventors
- Develop hands-on skills needed for creative problem solving
- Promote entrepreneurial mindsets
No matter your level of experience with Invention Education, you’ll benefit from the range of activities and events at this unique PD Workshop.
Meet our high school InvenTeams® at EurekaFest!
Attendees will have unlimited access to LMIT’s EurekaFest where you'll get to see the power of IvE come alive. At this culminating event for InvenTeams (the 10 recipients of LMIT’s grant awards) you will hear the students describe in real time their process and results, and showcase their invention prototypes.
Our evidence-based model, backed by published research and case studies gives you the tools to evolve your teaching and facilitating of K-14 student learning. You’ll hear from expert speakers, educators, and colleagues about activities and techniques that help inclusive and diverse student populations develop confidence in their ability to engage and encourage STEM and pursue STEM college and career pathways. You will participate in small group workshops to develop skills tailored to your grade band.
Community college educators, we have something for you. You will hear from faculty and administrators about i3 – the new Invention and Inclusive Innovation program for community colleges being developed with multiple colleges in California.
You’ll get an insider’s tour of MIT and a rare opportunity to visit the famous MIT Toy Lab and Design Lab.
Invitation to See Inventing Samanta
This original play, created by Central Square Theater and LMIT, details the fun, frustration, and fulfillment involved in the invention process as part of an InvenTeam.
Keynote Speaker: Antonio Gamboa
Antonio is a previous InvenTeam leader, who has continued to implement invention education at Garey High School in Pomona, CA. The Garey High School InvenTeam received a U.S. Patent in 2022. Antonio will talk about how he became involved in invention education, the challenges to begin a program, and the way invention education changed the trajectory of the students' lives, and how he teaches as well.
As Antonio states, “Investing in invention education is a powerful and transformative educational tool.”
Who Should Attend?
Educators at all levels
Community College Administrators and Faculty
We encourage participation by teams consisting of both administrators and educators committed to creating pathways to invention for students.
Invention is transdisciplinary, so educators from all disciplines are invited to attend.
What Will You Gain?
Administrators and educators, of varying levels of experience with invention education (new to invention education, experienced, and community college level), will develop the capacity to help students learn to think and act as inventors. There will be both large group sessions for all and smaller sessions broken out by IvE theme or grade span.
Participants will gain:
Approaches to engaging students from diverse backgrounds in STEM learning
Ways to develop students' capacities to think and act as inventors
Hands-on activities that will help students become creative problem solvers
Best practices for strengthening STEM, entrepreneurship, and enrichment programming
Participants will receive a Certificate of Professional Development from MIT for 20 credits.
(Schedule subject to change)
Join the presentations by the ten 2023 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams. You will see the future of your invention education program as these students explain their invention prototypes.
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
The InvenTeams will showcase their projects at MIT's world-famous Stata Center. You will have the opportunity to give the teams valuable feedback and ask questions.
Reception and Film Showing
Network with others at a reception held at the Foundry in Cambridge, near the MIT campus. We will be screening the Lemelson-MIT produced film called Pathways to Invention: Are Inventors Born or Made? The film highlights Lemelson-MIT student prize winners as they talk about creativity, hard work, and, yes, failure that goes along with the invention process.
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT and Leigh Estabrooks, Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT
Antonio Gamboa, InvenTeam teacher from Garey High School, Pomona, CA
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Illuminating the Power of Invention Education
10:45 AM to 11:30 AM
Session 1: Group Breakouts
These sessions will delve into grade band specific subjects including how to inspire invention in the elementary years, working with JV InvenTeam guides and developing transdisciplinary curricula, exploring the high-school capstone course, and the Invention and Inclusive Innovation (i3) program for community colleges.
11:30 AM to Noon
Discussion about opportunities and on-ramps onto the Pathway to Invention
Noon to 1:00 PM
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Session 2: Group Breakouts
These sessions break into grade bands and will continue the conversations begun in Session 1.
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
3:15 PM to 4:00 PM
Full Group Discussion
Introduction to the play Inventing Samanta
Review and discussion of activity guide
4:30 PM to 630 PM
Reception and viewing of play Inventing Samanta
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
9:00 AM to 9:15 AM
9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Session 3 Group Breakout
This breakout by grade band will solidify the work accomplished on Thursday, solidifying the content and pathways to enable educators of all grades to activate an invention education program in a grade specific site.
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Grade Band Breakout
11:30 AM to Noon
Whole Group Share-out
Noon to 1:00 PM
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- MIT Campus
- Toy Design Lab
- Design Lab
- Glass Lab
Here's an inside look at the power of IvE:
Invention Education Brings a Learner's Mind Alive!
At the PD Workshop, you'll see first hand how invention education helps K-14 administrators and educators address the federal STEM education strategic plan by offering programs that will:
Excite and inspire students and educators
Engage students where disciplines converge
Build computational literacy
Support students' engagement in their local communities.
Empower educators with tools and strategies
$1,850 per participant
Included: workshop materials and meals during the event.
(registration fee is fully refundable until May 31, 2023)
NOTE: The fee is waived for our Partners in Invention Education (PiE) members.
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