Creative Problem Solving and Inventing: A Proven Approach for STEM Education

Each year we hold summer professional development sessions over the course of three days, either online or in-person. This year's workshop was held virtually from July 12-14, 2021.

Help All Students Learn to Think and Act as Inventors

Be a part of an inclusive invention education movement! 

Join our three-day, virtual professional development workshop to learn how invention education helps K-12 administrators and educators address the federal STEM plan by offering programs that are transdisciplinary, build computational literacy, and support students' engagement in their local communities. Community College educators will hear from faculty and administrators about the new Invention and Inclusive Innovation program for community colleges being prototyped with multiple colleges in California. 

Transform your approach to teaching and facilitating student learning through our evidence-based model, backed by published research and case studies. The approach includes facilitating connections between schools and districts, STEM professionals, and other community supporters. 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 in STEM and pursue STEM college and career pathways. 

Who Should Attend?
?Administrators and Superintendents
?Educators at all levels
?Community College Administrators and Faculty
?After-school professionals

We encourage participation by teams consisting of both administrators and educators committed to creating pathways to invention for students. Invention is interdisciplinary, so educators from all disciplines are invited to attend.
What will you learn?
Administrators and educators, of varying levels of experience with invention education, will develop the capacity to help students learn to think and act as inventors. There will be separate tracks for administrators and for educators by experience (new to invention education, experienced, and community college level). There will be separate tracks for administrators and for educators by grade span. Participants will learn:

?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
Facilitators & Speakers
Workshop sessions will be facilitated by Lemelson-MIT Program staff (former teachers), former Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam teachers who have experience helping students learn to invent, and guest speakers from the innovation and education sector. 2021 speakers included:
?Arlyne Simon, inventor and author of “Abby Invents Unbreakable Crayons”
?Ken R. Kay, CEO of EdLeader21 and founding president of Partnership for 21st Century Skills
?Deoksoon Kim, Associate Professor, Teaching, Curriculum, and Society, Boston College
?George Westerman, Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s J-WEL Workforce Learning

Excite Award

Educators can apply for an Excite Award to receive the three-day professional development opportunity with the Lemelson-MIT Program for free. Check back in the spring of 2022 when the Excite Award application will re-open.