Partners in Invention Education (PIE)

Creating STEM college and career pathways through invention education

Professional Development

Three-day summer workshops to develop educators’ capacity to help students learn to think and act as inventors while developing solutions to real-world problems. Educators learn how inventing can be used to engage students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, in STEM learning opportunities that focus on creative, open ended, inquiry based problem finding and problem solving.
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Massachusetts Invention Convention

The Massachusetts Invention Convention is a K-12 invention education program designed to develop, encourage, and enhance creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills through invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Research & Reports

The Lemelson-MIT Program has a growing list of research on invention education that is based on over 15 years of experience helping thousands of high school teachers and student teams across the country learn to invent. Evidence shows that our approach to invention education helps students develop confidence in their ability to engage in STEM and pursue STEM college and career pathways, even if they have had little exposure to STEM in the past. Our published research and reports are all available for free download.

K-12 Invention Education Packages

Explore free, week-long, K-12, invention education resources on the MIT Full STEAM Ahead website, consisting of hands-on activities that parents and teachers can explore from home.

Webinar Archive

Watch recorded invention education webinars on topics like coding, invention resources for children, or hands-on and minds-on invention projects for youth. 

Lemelson Open

Join a community of invention educators on the Lemelson Open channel to discover hands-on invention projects from other teachers that you can try with your students.