Your InvenTeam Application Can Be the Start of Something Big!
The InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention.
InvenTeams are teams of high school students, educators, and mentors which receive grants of up to $7,500 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve.
The application process occurs in two stages. Educators and their teams may apply for the InvenTeams grant. Eight schools will be awarded an InvenTeam grant.
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Tuesdays, Aug. 2-30 at 7:00 PM ET
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July 26: Welcome to the InvenTeam Grant Application Process (Click here to view recording.)
August 2: Finding Problems in Your Community (Click here to view recording.)
August 9: Background Research (Click here to view recording.)
August 16: Competitive Review (What’s on the market & patent search)
August 23: Engaging Your Community
August 30: Final Application Submission
The final application will be due September 6, 2022, at 5:00 PM EDT.
For more information, download the InvenTeams Grant Application Guide here.
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Why Start an InvenTeam?
InvenTeams integrate STEM through the process of inventing
InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they integrate lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. Interactive, self-directed learning coupled with STEM curricula are essential for experiencing invention.
Students learn to work in teams, while collaborating with intended users of their inventions. They partner with organizations in their communities to enrich their experiences. Most of all, students learn to move forward through challenges and celebrate "Eureka!" moments.
After the InvenTeam experience, inventive cultures often continue to prosper at schools through further development of InvenTeam prototypes or the pursuit of new invention projects. To date, 12 InvenTeams have patents for their InvenTeam projects, although, patents are not a requirement.
See what's Possible! Check out our amazing 2021-2022 InvenTeams:
InvenTeams make it Happen!
InvenTeam teacher Joann Blumenfeld from Raleigh, North Carolina, was recently named by TIME magazine as one of the 10 most “innovative” teachers in the country! To learn more about her InvenTeam journey click here.
Ed Hernandez was so motivated by his InvenTeam he developed a "Pathway to Invention" in his school district. Click here to read the case study.
Many InvenTeams become Patented Inventors!
Even Oprah is an InvenTeam fan!
LMIT's Executive Director Stephanie Couch on why invention ed is what good education should be all about
The LMIT InvenTeam from Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, New Jersey, has published the article, Invention as a Complement to High School Chemistry in the Journal of Chemical...
The latest InvenTeams' community interactions documented in news interviews, blog entries, video updates, and social media mentions.
The 2019-2020 InvenTeam from Greenon, Ohio was awarded a patent on January 25, 2022 for their system to prevent human-made debris in the sewer system from entering local...
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