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Be a part of the future of education!

Whether you attend in person, on the campus of MIT, or virtually, our PD Summit is an opportunity to take a deep dive into IvE, surround yourself with other creative people, and to rejuvenate in ways needed to enter the next school year with fresh ideas.

Invention Education: For Real

Real People • Real Problems • Real Solutions

June 15-17, 2022:  Three days that will inspire, engage, and energize 

Whether you attend in person on the MIT campus, or join us virtually, this three-day summit is the one PD event you'll not want to miss. Not only will you connect directly with Invention Education (IvE) leaders, educators, and students, you'll enjoy the interactive sessions that are "minds on/hands on" which demonstrate the power and accessibility of IvE. 

Transform your Approach to Teaching

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. 

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. 

An Added Bonus: 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® you will hear the students describe in real time their process and results, and showcase their invention prototypes. 

Students at EurekaFest

Here's an inside look at the power of IvE:

Invention Education Brings a Learner's Mind Alive!

At the PD Summit, 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

Charlotte, CiC winner

Charlotte participated in the local CiC-LMIT Invention Convention, where a team of judges scored her Bird Banquet the highest of all students.






Rebecca showing her invention
Second grader Rebecca Huang is interviewed about her invention, Mighty Suction Holders. Rebecca placed 2nd in the Global Invention Convention  Courtesy Photo
Doug scott and students
Hear PD  Summit presenter Doug Scott talk about the power of IvE in the classroom


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. 

Attendees participating in activities


What Will You Learn?

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 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 

Attendees in classroom


Program Schedule

Your IvE adventure begins!

Over three days you will meet and hear from passionate educators dedicated to advancing invention education. On Day 1 you will actually be able to envision the future of your own IvE program at EurekaFest where you'll meet our student InvenTeams as they present their invention projects.  Later in the afternoon you can enjoy an optional tour of the MIT campus. At the evening reception, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeurvres while networking and catching up with colleagues.

On Day 2, get ready for a breakout session geared to your particular interest. Sessions including Exploring Growth Paths for Invention Educators,  Embedding IvE within School Design, Inventing in Your Community, and more, will be an exciting and engaging experience. Don’t worry if there is more than one you’d like to attend. Attendees will have exclusive access to the recorded sessions. The Keynote Panel features "Stories from the Field," followed by afternoon breakout sessions by grade spans. An entertaining early evening activity will wrap up the day.

All hands are on deck for Day 3, as our morning breakout sessions feature hands-on activities. Interested in Toy Design? How about activities introducing students to IvE? There’s something for everyone as you explore the resources available to help you implement IvE in your teaching curriculum.  After a Keynote Discussion about the impact of inventing led by documentary film producers who interviewed our incredible Student Prize winners, you'll attend breakout discussions by grade span where you'll reflect on what you learned throughout the Summit. We’ll close with a full group share-out.  

Please see below for detailed a day-by-day description of the schedule.
All sessions are offered in a hybrid format unless noted as in person or virtual only.


Day One: Wednesday, June 15
Optional Welcome Breakfast
(in person)

Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
Leigh Estabrooks, Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program
Janell Ciemiecki, Special Programs Administrator, Lemelson-MIT Program

EurekaFEst logo

EurekaFest: Student Invention Showcase
(in person)

At the world-famous, Frank Gehry designed, Stata Center on the MIT campus, you will engage directly with the students of the eight LMIT InvenTeams as they present their inventions. This is an opportunity to experience first hand, live and in person, why IvE is the future of education. 

Networking Lunch 
(in person) 

Take a moment to enjoy lunch and meet your fellow attendees. Or, if it's a nice day, take a stroll to the Charles River, check out the campus, or visit the famous Alchemist sculpture by Jaume Plensa.
Alchemist sculpure

EurekaFest Welcome

Michael Cima, Faculty Director, Lemelson-MIT Program, David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, MIT
Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
Rob Schneider, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation
David Coronado, Senior Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation


EurekaFest: Student Presentations

You're in for a big treat as you'll have the opportunity to see the InvenTeam students you met earlier present their inventions in a more "formal" setting. These presentations showcase how IvE incorporates math, spatial, and verbal skills that students will use throughout their lives. 

Optional Events: 

Lemelson-MIT Orientation Session: Intro to Invention Education (IvE)
• Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program
• Leigh Estabrooks, Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program

MIT Makerspace Tours
Diane Brancazio, K-12 Maker Education Team Leader, MIT Edgerton Center
• Justin Schmidt, K-12 Maker Education, MIT Edgerton Center

MIT Campus Tours (in person)
• Led by Lemelson-MIT Program staff

Evening Reception at the Cambridge Innovation Center 
(in person)

At this event, you'll have the opportunity to meet presenters and network with colleagues while you enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The event takes place at the Cambridge Innovation Center, in Kendall Square, adjacent to the MIT Campus. 

Day 2: Thursday, June 16
Optional Networking Breakfast (in person) 
Morning Breakout Sessions by IvE theme (5 options)
Option 1:
Interested? Now What? Growth Paths for Invention Educators

Clara Mabour, Invention Education Administrator, InvenTeams, Lemelson-MIT Program
Carmen Diaz, Engineering Teacher, Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center
Doug Scott, Teacher, Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, Massachusetts; 2014 InvenTeam educator; and LMIT Master Teacher

The onramp to invention education often starts with the curiosity and interest of teachers. In this option, two high school teachers will share their “onramps,” which ultimately led to InvenTeam grants. One teacher is an IvE veteran – their interest started over 10 years ago as a student in high school. The other teacher’s interest piqued when they attended a professional development opportunity offered by LMIT. Learn how their different paths landed them on the same stage today.

Option 2:
Embedding IvE Within School Designs (Partners in Invention Education (PiE) Member Feature)

Vivian Rhone-Lay, Principal, MacDonald High School, Santa Clara Unified School District
Melinda Kalainoff, Education Consultant and Researcher, Kalainoff Consulting and Research
Evelyn Gomez, Invention Education Administrator, K-12, Lemelson-MIT Program

Equitable educators around the country are finding ways to integrate invention education within the school day – and even within the design of the school itself – in order to meet their commitment to serving youth from diverse backgrounds. This option will illuminate what it takes to integrate invention education into the design of a new school and will share ways in which LMIT partners with school administrators during the design and early implementation phase. 

Option 3:
Invention Adventures and Inventions Conventions: First Stops on the Pathway to Invention

Mark Bayaúa, Director of STEM Innovation Programs, Think Together
Carlos Marquez, Program Development Specialist – STEM, Think Together
Marissa Stillittano, District Science Resource Teacher, Torrance Unified School District
Adam Daley, District Science Resource Teacher, Torrance USD
Tera Black, CTE Coordinator & HS Science Resource Teacher, Torrance Unified School District

It’s never too early to introduce invention education to students. In fact, our youngest learners are often wonderful inventors, curious about the world around them, and quick to identify real-world problems. In this space, we will hear from a team of educators and program providers working with young students on the first steps of invention.

Option 4:
Inventing in Your Community

Nia Gipson, Director of STEAM and FIRST Robotics Coach, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School
Sarah Abboud, Associate Researcher & Instructor, Lemelson-MIT Program
Alex Cameron, Community Lab Coordinator, Biogen
Kyle Kenan, Educator, KIPP Public Schools

Inventing involves entire communities! Presenters will define their communities – within a school, outside a school in their local town, and with an affinity group reaching around the world – and share how they use invention education to engage with their community.

Option 5:
Invention and Entrepreneurship at Community Colleges

Chad Redwing, Professor of Humanities & Faculty Coordinator of the Applied Creativity & Community Transformation (ACCT) Institute, Yosemite Community College/Modesto Junior College
Deborah Gilbert, English Professor, Modesto Junior College
Jeremy Wilson, Engineering Professor, Modesto Junior College
Rebecca Corbin, President & CEO, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)
Steve Meyer, Manager of STEM Education, Fox Valley Technical College

The pathway of invention education is long with many side trails, detours, and merges onto new roads. This panel discussion includes representatives from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), Modesto Junior College (CA), and Fox Valley Technical College (WI). NACCE will outline their member resource offerings and will share examples of how they are uniting community college presidents, educators, administrators, and center directors to ignite interest in entrepreneurship on campus and in their communities. Modesto Junior College faculty will share their experience developing workshops and courses as a pilot site for Invention and Inclusive Innovation (i3). Fox Valley Technical College will outline their success as a leader in entrepreneurship across business disciplines and integrations with STEM. Join this conversation and discover how invention education can be introduced to a community college near you.

Option 6: 
Make Any Subject Sizzle with STEAM!

Diane Brancazio, K-12 Maker Education Team Leader, MIT Edgerton Center
Justin Schmidt, K-12 Maker Education, MIT Edgerton Center

Get an inside look at Design Maker (creative STEAM-PBL) projects that are targeted to academic classes. You’ll hear about the Maker Methodology developed at MIT. This curriculum is designed with the student in mind, taking into account three important factors needed for success:

  • Technologies that students want to use
  • Content that is relevant to students
  • An environment where students feel valued.
Networking Lunch (in person)  
Keynote Panel: Stories from the Field

Victoria Pasquantonio, Education Producer, PBS NewsHour 
Ed Hernandez, Engineering Teacher, Tustin High School
Clara Mabour, Invention Education Administrator, InvenTeams, Lemelson-MIT Program


Afternoon Breakout Sessions by Grade Span (6 options)
Option 1:
Pre-K–Grade 5

Nancy Soon, CEO, IDE Academy,Singapore
Marci Klein, President, 3DuxDesign
Cynthia Torres, Teacher, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Children in early elementary classrooms can solve problems and learn how to navigate through the invention process, which is filled with challenges, reflection, and critical thinking. During this workshop, educators in different stages of implementing invention education will present how they are developing our youngest problem solvers. 

Option 2:
Grades 6–8

Liza Goldstein - Educator, JV InvenTeams, Lemelson-MIT Program
Lynn Erickson, Technology Integration Specialist, Stafford (CT) Public Schools

This option will be presented in two sections:

All youth can invent. However, not all youth have the opportunity to invent when invention projects and initiatives are primarily in the afterschool space. The JV InvenTeams curricula was designed for the afterschool space, but is now being utilized successfully across the nation within the school day. Liza Goldstein will introduce middle school educators to the in-school experience with her JV InvenTeams activity guide, Chill Out!

Where in your school district can you find technical assistance for your invention education endeavors? Lynn Erickson will share her expertise as an Instructional Technology Specialist and an ISTE Certified Instructor to explain how teachers can harness the necessary invention education resources and integrate them into the curriculum.

Option 3:
Grades 7-12, Pathways to Invention Through Toy Design

Sambat Ung, Science and STEM middle school teacher, Venado Middle School, Irvine, CA
Kevin Warfield, Instructor, Greenbrier East High School, Greenbrier, WV

Join educators from Irvine Unified School District in California and from Greenbrier High School in West Virginia as they share the joys and challenges of invention education through LMIT’s Toy Design curriculum. You will also learn about how we explore the iterative design process in invention using a high quality invention education curriculum. Finally, you will have the opportunity to program a micro:bit microcontroller (either in-person or virtually) to get a taste of this exciting curriculum.

Option 4:
Community College and Beyond

Joe Bradley, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
April Burrage, PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Zack Dowell, Instructional Design and Development Coordinator, Folsom Lake College

Option 5:
Invention Education: From the Outside Looking In

Michelle Dowd, Professor of Journalism, Chaffey College
Sandra Slattery, Student, Chaffey College
Cristina Saenz, Doctoral Candidate, University of Central Florida

This panel discussion examines two views of invention education from an “outside” perspective. One group of ethnographic researchers from the University of Central Florida will discuss their multi-year study on an InvenTeam in Oregon that invented an assistive drinking cup for people with dysphasia. A second group of journalists from Chaffey Community College will discuss their findings from observing and interviewing STEM interns involved with the Invention and Inclusive Innovation (i3) initiative.

Option 6:
Maker Education:
Vector Art Techniques for Maker Projects

Diane Brancazio, K-12 Maker Education Team Leader, MIT Edgerton Center
Justin Schmidt, K-12 Maker Education, MIT Edgerton Center

Description to come. 

Early Evening Activity: Exclusively for PD Attendees

Attendees are invited to join us for a private screening of the recently produced documentary film, Pathways to Invention. Developed by Maaia Mark Productions, the film features collegiate Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners and their journeys as inventors. Special note: documentarian and ethnographer Levi Maaia is a panelist on the Keynote Panel Discussion on Day 3. 

Day 3: Friday, June 17
Optional Networking Breakfast 
(in person) 
Morning Breakout Sessions with Hands-On Activities (6 options)
Option 1:
Inventing and Physical Computing

Gloria Bañuelos, PhD, Head of Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab, Qualcomm
Chad Johnson, CEO, Grain Weevil Corporation 
Ben Johnson, Chief Innovation Officer, Grain Weevil Corporation
Zane Zents,  Software Engineer, Grain Weevil Corporation

This hands-on session will introduce Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners Benjamin Johnson and Zane Zents, inventors of the Grain Weevil, a grain bin safety and management robot to keep farmers safe and store grain efficiently. The team co-founded a startup company for their invention in Nebraska with Chad Johnson, who will also share his experience working as a senior education specialist with the Nebraska Public Power District to deliver messaging to schools and communities about electricity and energy resources. Presenting alongside the Grain Weevil team is Dr. Gloria Bañuelos, head of Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab, which aims to show students from all backgrounds that they can take part in inventing the wireless world of the future.

Option 2:
Activities to Introduce Students to Invention Education

Pascha Griffiths, Invention Education Administrator, MA, Lemelson-MIT Program
Christine Lawlor-King, Executive Director, Connecticut Invention Convention; Invention Education Consultant, Lemelson-MIT Program
Brenda Payne,  Invention Education Administrator, CA, Lemelson-MIT Program

Invention education is an accessible STEM program for both teachers and students of all grades. This hands-on workshop guides educators from in-school and out-of-school programs through activities teaching invention skills to students of any age.

Option 3:
Grades 9-12 Making to Inventing

Leslie Wright, Chemistry Teacher, Margarita Muñiz Academy
Ed Hernandez, Engineering Teacher, Tustin High School
Stephanie Alphee, Tech Extension Manager, Digital Harbor Foundation
Xanthe Matychak, Design Researcher, Digital Harbor Foundation

High school teachers Leslie Wright (MA) and Ed Hernandez (CA) will share their invention education stories for two very different entry points. Ms. Wright, a chemistry teacher and co-author of the InvenTeams activity guide, Green Chemistry, will discuss how she introduced Green Chemistry into the classroom of her dual language high school. Mr. Hernandez, an InvenTeam Master Teacher, is involved with a CTE program where he teaches relevant, hands-on technical education encompassing invention education. These educators will share the challenges and Eureka! moments of working with inventive students during the school day. Also joining this session are representatives from the Digital Harbor Foundation, who will share an overview of their youth and educator program offerings and current projects.

Option 4:

Sienna Senyo, Account Manager, Labster
Stephanie Couch, Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Labster is a global leader in offering education-oriented virtual labs and science simulations. This session will provide a full overview of Labster’s offerings and will share how their virtual lab has been used to support invention education in the Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action program for high school students. Attendees will be taken into a Labster virtual lab to experience it as students would.

Option 5:
Internet of Things (IoT)

David Bayne, Teacher, Pioneer High School, Woodland Joint Unified School District, Woodland, CA
Clare Bhakta, Invention Education Administrator, K-14, Lemelson-MIT Program

This session explores the process LMIT used to design, develop, and pilot the new invention education course, “Inventing Smart Solutions.” David Bayne, CTE teacher with Woodland Joint Unified School District (CA), and Clare Bhakta, LMIT course designer, will discuss what is necessary to create and disseminate new and novel curricula focused on integrating invention into the school day. They will also explain the technology necessary for “Inventing Smart Solutions” to support students as they invent solutions to real-world problems.

Option 6:
K-12 Maker Education

Diane Brancazio, K–12 Maker Team Leader, MIT Edgerton Center
Justin Schmidt, K–12 Maker Team, MIT Edgerton Center

Invention education students bring their ideas to life during the prototyping and testing portion of the invention cycle. In this session, Diane Brancazio, K-12 Maker Team Leader at MIT's Edgerton Center, will give a tour of the Edgerton Center (virtually and in person) and share methods for including Maker curriculum in classrooms, bringing ideas to life.

Networking Lunch (in person) 
Keynote Panel Discussion: 
Pathways to Invention: Insights from Collegiate Inventors

Levi Maaia, Director/Producer, Maaia Mark Productions
Melinda Kalainoff, Education Consultant and Researcher, Kalainoff Consulting and Research
Janell Ciemiecki, Special Programs Administrator, Lemels

Afternoon Breakout Discussions by Grade Span (5 options)       

Let's recap! These sessions are open discussions about invention education for each grade band about how educators, administrators, superintendents, and others within the educational landscape can transform the PD offerings in real spaces.

Option 1: Pre-K-5
Option 2: 6-8
Option 3: 9-12
Option 4: Community College
Option 5: Out-of-School
Full Group Share-Out and Closing 

Our Presenters

Our presenters make IvE come alive. You'll have the opportunity to network with and hear from this diverse group of educators and leaders in the field who are passionate about the life-changing possibilities of IvE. 

Meet the Presenters

Get to know the presenters. They are looking forward to meeting you. 

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Sarah Abboud
Associate Researcher & Instructor, Lemelson-MIT Program

Sarah Abboud is a double Master of Science (from Northeastern University and the University of California Merced) who currently teaches at California State University San Marcos and works as an Associate Researcher & Instructor for the Lemelson-MIT Program. At Northeastern, Sarah studied marine biology and interned at the New England Aquarium where she studied the effects of ambient sound stress on fish using free- and blood-based cortisol levels. At UC Merced, Sarah moved from studying vertebrates to invertebrates and investigated global genetics of 16 different genera of jellyfish. Throughout her research and education, Sarah has always strived to find new research experiences and share them with her students. She truly is honored to work with The Lemelson-MIT Program and get the opportunity to teach students to have fun while making life and science connections. Sarah knows that everyone is capable of succeeding in science and strives to do that daily.

Stephanie Alphee
Stephanie Alphee
Tech Extension Manager, Digital Harbor Foundation

As a longtime advocate for increasing diversity in STEM, Stephanie moved to Maryland to serve as an Americorps VISTA with MOST in 2015. Since that time, Stephanie has worked to grow and support youth initiatives at organizations across Maryland including  4-H, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, the VoloCity Kids Foundation, the University of Maryland Baltimore, and most recently, at the Digital Harbor Foundation.
In her current role as Tech Extension Manager at Digital Harbor Foundation, Stephanie leverages her years of experience to expand the capacity of out-of-schooltime programs that provide STEM experiences to youth. 
The New York native earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Stony Brook University, where she was an active member of the Women in Science and Engineering Honors Program. 

Mark Bayaua
Mark Bayaúa
Director of STEM Innovation Programs, Think Together

With over 12 years in education, especially in the out of school time field, Mark is interested in the ways our field can build bridges with students, organizations, and their respective communities to create purposeful and meaningful interactions. Mark's mission is to serve, amplify, and grow with these committed communities of consciousness. 

David Bayne
David Bayne
Teacher, Pioneer High School, Woodland Joint Unified School District

Pioneer High School is in the quiet but growing suburban community of Woodland, near Sacramento, California. Mr. Bayne teaches Computer Science, is the Department Chair of the Business and Computer Science Department, has managed the ACES: Academy of Computer Engineering Sciences, and is the lead SkillsUSA advisor. A long-time teacher in Woodland, he is always looking for ways to bring innovative resources and ideas into the classroom and spark interest for his students. He has served on several district and state education committees throughout his career, with the intent of improving practice. He serves on the SkillsUSA California Board of Directors as State Advisor of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year.

Gloria Bañuelos
Gloria Bañuelos, PhD
Head of Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab, Qualcomm

Gloria R. Bañuelos, Ph.D. is the head the Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™, a home-grown engagement program promoting Qualcomm’s Corporate Responsibility efforts in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. Gloria facilitates internal outreach efforts with Qualcomm employees and manages external partnerships with national sites who expose students from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to STEM fields in engaging ways. 

Clare bhakta
Clare Bhakta
Invention Education Administrator, K-14, Lemelson-MIT Program

Clare Bhakta is a K-14 Invention Education Administrator with the Lemelson-MIT program.  In this role, she collaborates with educators to bring invention education into the classroom. A big believer in the power of teaching code creatively, she proactively incorporates computer science into invention education curriculum. With more than 11 years of experience teaching code in hands-on creative contexts, she has experience teaching in California public schools, community colleges, and state universities as well as through community programs she helped spearhead on the local level. She wants to empower the next generation of thinkers and doers by equalizing access to technology and invention education in our schools. 

Tara Black
Tera Black
CTE Coordinator & HS Science Resource Teacher, Torrance Unified School District

Tera has worked for the Torrance Unified School District for the past 18 years. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a high school chemistry teacher. For the past eight years, she has served as a resource teacher supporting high school science, induction, career technical education, and dual enrollment. Tera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology with a minor in Chemistry from Cal State Long Beach, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, and a Doctorate degree in STEM Leadership from American College of Education.

joe bradley
Joe Bradley
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Joe is very passionate about invention, innovation, and intellectual property. He is involved in several outreach programs in his community. He serves as a faculty member in the Department of Bioengineering, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Additionally, he is a co-founder of Sun Buckets, Inc., an organization dedicated to addressing the global cooking crisis and global cooking fuel insecurity.

Diane Brancazio
Diane Brancazio
K-12 Maker Team Leader, MIT Edgerton Center

As the K-12 Maker team leader, Diane develops resources and leads PD for teachers who want to integrate Maker learning experiences into their regular curriculum and use Makerspaces to engage and empower students. Her K-12 Maker team includes MIT students who are given the charge to “design the projects you wish you could have done in school”.  Diane’s team shows teachers how they can employ engaging, creative hi-tech tools without needing a brand-new building or curriculum, and how they can become facilitators of Maker projects, creating a school culture of experimentation, collaboration, self-direction, and joy in learning. Diane earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.   

April Burrage
PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bio to follow

Alex Cameron
Alex Cameron
Community Lab Coordinator, Biogen

Alex Cameron is the Coordinator for Biogen’s Community Lab and has been working at Biogen since 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill. She previously worked as a lab scientist before starting as the main instructor for the Community Lab, where she teaches classes of middle and high school students both in-person and virtually. Her role also includes planning programs, developing curricula, and engaging with Biogen’s communities on both a local and global scale. She is thrilled to have been working with LMIT since 2020 as a part of the “Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action” program.

Janell Ciemiecki
Janell Ciemiecki
Special Programs Administrator, Lemelson-MIT Program

Janell Ciemiecki is a Special Programs Administrator. In this role, she manages multiple public facing projects, including collegiate-level invention education activities, studies pertaining to LMIT Student Prize winners, and the planning process for LMIT’s professional development workshop. She brings experience in both student-facing and industry/company/client-facing roles and has broad knowledge of the inner workings of higher ed institutions. She has developed relationships with collegiate students, faculty/administrators, and the broader invention, technology, and entrepreneurship communities across the country. She has a strong interest in helping to build a network of support for students along their invention pathway. 

Rebecca Corbin
Rebecca Corbin
President & CEO, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

Dr. Rebecca Corbin is president and CEO of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the United States leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through more than 340 community colleges and universities that serve over 3.3 million students. She has initiated new professional development approaches using design thinking principles and created robust global educational exchanges with China and India for faculty and administrators. She is the author of three books, numerous magazine and journal articles, and publisher of Community College Entrepreneurship magazine. A successful advancement professional, Corbin has raised millions of dollars to pilot, expand, and scale STEM, educational, and entrepreneurship initiatives throughout North America.

Stephanie Couch
Stephanie Couch, PhD
Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Stephanie Couch joined the Lemelson-MIT Program as Executive Director in 2016 and has more than a decade of experience in STEM education policy, research, development and strategic fundraising. She leads the Lemelson-MIT Program’s research efforts, partnership development, and national awards and grants initiatives. Stephanie previously served as the interim Associate Vice President for Research and Professional Development at California State University, East Bay and as the Bayer Executive Director at the Institute for STEM Education. She also acted as Director of the Gateways East Bay STEM Network at California State University at East Bay and helped design and launch the statewide California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet). She received a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Gervitz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis.

Adam Daley
Adam Daley
District Science Resource Teacher, Torrance USD

Adam has been a science educator for 16 years, first with Los Angeles USD and currently in Torrance USD. He earned a degree in Music from CSU, Chico and a Master's in Educational Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills. He is currently one of Torrance USD's Science Resource teachers supporting TK-8 science teachers in instruction and NGSS implementation. He is Director of the South Bay Regional Invention Convention.

Carmen Diaz
Carmen Diaz
Engineering Teacher, Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center

Carmen Diaz is a mother of four, wife, teacher and civil engineer.  Born into a loving Puerto Rican family, she grew up in Oklahoma playing with legos, drawings, and cheering on her awesome sister in the Special Olympics.  She learned engineering by osmosis from her electrical-engineer Dad, then formally at the University of Oklahoma.  She worked as a structural and forensic engineer for five years before switching to become a teacher, a decision that has brought multiple blessings and adventures ever since.  She has taught math and engineering throughout the past decade and is currently the engineering teacher at the GRCTC in Garland, Texas, as well as the mentor of their InvenTeam. When she's not inventing in her classroom she loves mountain biking, vacations with her kids, and dancing salsa with her husband.

Michelle Dowd
Michelle Dowd
Professor of Journalism, Chaffey College

Michelle Dowd is a journalism professor and contributor to The New York Times, Alpinist, Catapult, and other national publications. She is the 2022 Faculty Lecturer of the Year at Chaffey College, where she founded the award-winning literary journal and creative collective, The Chaffey Review and advises Student Media. She has taught diverse student populations for 27 years—in two California State prisons, at Cal Poly, Pomona, Riverside Community College, and the University of Colorado. As Chaffey’s co-leader for the Lemelson-MIT i3 program, she encourages teamwork, imagination, and innovation, and is committed to helping students cultivate careers doing work that they love.

Zack Dowell
Instructional Design and Development Coordinator, Folsom Lake College
Lynn Erickson
Lynn Erickson
Technology Integration Specialist, Stafford Public Schools

Lynn Erickson, a K-12 Technology Integration Specialist for Stafford Public Schools in Connecticut, coaches educators in best practices for technology integration and project based learning. She leads the Invention Convention program in grades 5-8. During the three years of this program, students participated in the Invention Convention Nationals, receiving awards and recognition for their invention ideas. Nationally, Lynn provides webinars for Boxlight/Mimio and presented at FETC, ISTE, Celebration of Teaching and Learning, MASScue, and CECA. Lynn’s recent accomplishments include the 2020 Stafford Teacher of the Year Award and achievements of ISTE National Certified Educator and Google Certified Educator.

Leigh Estabrooks
Leigh Estabrooks
Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT Program

In 2006, Leigh Estabrooks joined the Lemelson-MIT Program to manage the InvenTeams initiative and two years later became the Invention Education Officer, overseeing all K-12 invention education initiatives. She has been instrumental in the development of new initiatives, including Junior Varsity InvenTeams™ and the 2010 launch of the Inventing Merit Badge with the Boy Scouts of America. Leigh previously held positions in product development at Fortune 500 companies and was a licensed secondary school educator. She received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctoral degree in education from Northeastern University. 

Deborah Gilbert
Deborah Gilbert
English Professor, Modesto Junior College

In the fall of 2020, I dove head first into the world of Invention Education as a faculty participant in the i3 (Invention and Inclusive Innovation) Initiative sponsored by LMIT and the California Community College Chancellor's office. Many of the activities and skills in the problem exploration phase were familiar, but learning design and prototyping pedagogy has been an exciting journey.  I am currently passionately at work to help invention education take root at Modesto Junior College.

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Nia Gipson
Director of STEAM and FIRST Robotics Coach, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School

Nia Gipson is the Director of STEAM and FIRST Robotics Coach at Saint Joseph Preparatory High School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been working in STEAM education for the past 10 years in both formal and informal settings including working with museums, summer camps, after school programs, and other STEM/STEAM community organizations. Most recently she has been working with Lemelson-MIT to digitize their Toy Design curriculum for online learning. She is excited to add her skills and expertise to the Biotech in Action team! 

Evelyn Gome
Evelyn Gómez
Invention Education Administrator, K-12, Lemelson-MIT Program

Evelyn Gómez is an Invention Education Administrator of K-12 Programs where she oversees the Massachusetts Invention Convention, various local Invention Conventions, and leads Lemelson-MIT’s local outreach efforts. She values our outreach work with underrepresented populations aims to remedy historic inequities among those who develop inventions, protect their intellectual property, and commercialize their creations. A big believer in education equity, Evelyn’s efforts prioritize working with young women, Black, Indigenous populations, Latinx, and other people of color throughout the state.  

Liza Goldstein
Liza Goldstein
Educator, JV InvenTeams, Lemelson-MIT Program

Liza Goldstein wrote the JV InvenTeam curricula, which are free to download on the Lemelson-MIT website. The curricula introduce students to inventive thinking through hands-on activities like creating shoe soles and wearable electronic textiles. Prior to working on invention education efforts at Lemelson-MIT, Liza Goldstein worked on STEM programming at GBH (Boston's PBS station) and received her master's degree in education from Harvard University's School of Education. 

Pascha Griffiths
Pascha Griffiths
Invention Education Administrator, MA, Lemelson-MIT Program

Pascha Griffiths is an Invention Education Administrator who launches new invention education programs and collaborates with educators to provide all aspects of invention education, including professional development workshops for education professionals, curricular programming, and imagination-rich hands-on problem-solving experiences for learners of all ages.  She promotes the IvE pedagogy at both the state and national level via professional development for educators and educational programs for preK-12 students, including Invention Adventures and the Massachusetts Invention Convention.  She Launched our inaugural Massachusetts Invention Convention and continues to nurture its growth and initiated our Invention Adventures After School Program in the Greater Boston Area. She was instrumental in creating online IvE programming when we made the shift to remote learning during the first stages of the pandemic. 

Ed Hernandez
Ed Hernandez
Engineering Teacher, Tustin High School

Ed Hernandez is a Lemelson-MIT Master Teacher from Orange County, CA. He is the lead teacher and director of Tustin High School's award-winning T-Tech Technology & Engineering Academy. In his four-year pathway, students learn to apply traditional academic subjects in a hands-on immersive program that includes 3D modeling, 3D printing, electronics and coding as well as traditional fabrication skills like welding and wood working. His former students now work at places like Google, JPL, SpaceX, Boeing and more. Mr. Hernandez is a member of the UC Irvine Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame and former California CTE Teacher of the year.

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson
Chief Innovation Officer, Grain Weevil Corporation

Ben is a recent graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is co-founder and chief innovation officer at Grain Weevil Corporation where he specializes in circuit design, but wears many other hats. His love for robotics started in elementary school with simple projects like programming a microcontroller to play "Iron Man" on a piezo buzzer. Ben won the 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize with Zane Zents for their Grain Weevil robot.

Chad Johnson
Chad Johnson
CEO, Grain Weevil Corporation

Chad is the CEO of the Grain Weevil Corporation, a grain bin safety and management robot. Chad has over 20 years of informal science education experience, including exhibit design, curriculum development, and program facilitation. Chad was a NASA MESSENGER Fellow, The Association of Science and Technology Centers'  Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award Winner, and the recipient American Public Power Associations Energy Innovator award. Chad has run a non-profit called Youth Engaged in Technology & Innovation that gives students in Nebraska an opportunity to learn workforce skills through competitive robotics and innovation challenges.

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Melinda Z. Kalainoff, Ph.D
Education Consultant and Researcher, Kalainoff Consulting and Research

Melinda is an independent education consultant, researcher and ethnographer. Recently retired as a Colonel in the U. S. Army,  she served as an Academy Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she transformed the General Chemistry program to a researched-based guided inquiry design. She conducts ethnographic studies of how disciplinary content knowledge is socially constructed in innovative science and engineering learning environments and holds a PhD in Education, Teaching and Learning, with emphasis in Science Education, from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Kyle Kenan
Educator, KIPP Public Schools
Marci Klein
Marci Klein
Co-founder and President, 3DuxDesign

Marci Klein M.D. is a clinical and academic pediatrician with over 20 years experience in early childhood development, education and social/emotional heath. She transitioned into education 4 years ago, joining her two teen children, the original inventors of 3DuxDesign cardboard modeling system after seeing the incredible response from both educators and students, Dr. Klein creates a wide range project-based learning resources with a focus on real-world problem solving through community-centered design challenges,  Blending the arts, culture, and environmental awareness with traditional STEM education, 3DuxDesign inspires the next generation of innovators to design a sustainable and equitable future for all. 

Christine Lawlor King
Christine Lawlor-King
Executive Director, Connecticut Invention Convention; Invention Education Consultant, Lemelson-MIT Program

Christine Lawlor-King exemplifies an educator who is both pioneering innovation and entrepreneurship learning in the classroom, and a visionary in her own right. She created her district’s award winning K-12 STEM program and has been the catalyst for implementing invention education curriculum in many schools, on a national and international level. She managed the Invention Convention Worldwide (annually bringing innovation & entrepreneurship to 100k+ students globally). She was the Executive Director of the largest Invention Convention program in the world. Her current consulting role with the Lemelson MIT program has her inspiring more in school and out of school educators to teach invention. Christine has mentored young inventors, educators, administrators, and inspired corporate professionals to get involved with invention education. Her efforts earned her STEMconnector’s Community Trailblazer Award. 

Levi Maaia
Levi C. Maaia, Ph.D
Director/Producer, Maaia Mark Productions

Levi directed "Pathways to Invention," a documentary film on LMIT Student Prize winning inventors. He began his media career in FM radio, cable television and broadband where he became fascinated by the potential for technology to educate, and open a window on the world. Through Maaia Mark Productions, Levi focuses on telling big-picture stories through the lives of innovative people doing extraordinary things. He earned a Ph.D. studying Maker culture and STEM education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a founding member of the ARISS-USA education committee a NASA-sponsored STEM program aboard the International Space Station.

Clara mabour
Clara Mabour
Invention Education Administrator, InvenTeams, Lemelson-MIT Program

Clara Mabour is an Invention Education Administrator for the Lemelson-MIT Program. In this role she manages the InvenTeams® program, coordinates trainings, organizes resources, and provides direct assistance to InvenTeam teachers and students as they go through the invention process in preparation for Lemelson-MIT’s EurekaFest. A big believer in everyone’s ability to solve problems in their homes, communities, and around the world through resourcefulness, creativity, and inventiveness, she wholeheartedly supports Invention Education as a vital and necessary style of pedagogy needed in efforts to modernize and make relevant traditional educational systems.    

Carlos Marquez
Carlos Marquez
Program Development Specialist – STEM, Think Together

Carlos is an educator in the field of Expanded Learning. What he loves about his work is that he has the opportunity to develop engaging programs that demystify STEM and help youth exercise their curiosity. 

Xanthe Matychak
Xanthe Matychak
Design Researcher, Digital Harbor Foundation

Xanthe Matychak is a design researcher at Digital Harbor Foundation where she works on NSF funded projects including Rec-to-Tech, a collaboration with University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to this work Xanthe mentored technology startups and ran a summer hardware accelerator at the Center for Regional Economic Advancement at Cornell University. Before that she taught design thinking and product development in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Steve Meyer
Steve Meyer
Manager of STEM Education, Fox Valley Technical College

Steve Meyer is currently the Manager of STEM Education at Fox Valley Technical College.  Previously, Steve taught Technology and Engineering at the K-12 levels for approximately 20 years.  Steve has a broad-based education in mathematics, the sciences, and technology and has a passion for getting young people excited about learning.  He has been very involved in education initiatives at the local, state, national and international levels.  Steve speaks around the world to schools, industries, and government officials on the power of STEM and Innovation Education.

Victoria Pasquantonio
Education Producer, PBS NewsHour
Brenda Payne
Brenda Payne
Invention Education Administrator, CA, Lemelson-MIT Program

Brenda has provided the professional development for the CAIC curriculum teachers use in their classrooms and after school programs.  Since joining the Lemelson/MIT staff, she has worked with other education experts to develop training modules for  teachers throughout the country so they too can provide their students with the necessary creative and problem-solving skills to successfully engage in inventing solutions to self-identified problems in their own lives, that of their friends and families, and their communities. She has been an innovator in the field of Invention Education for K-12 students for 30 years, providing training for educators, program leaders, and administrators throughout the state of California. 

Chad Redwing
Chad Redwing
Professor of Humanities & Faculty Coordinator of the Applied Creativity & Community Transformation (ACCT) Institute, Yosemite Community College/Modesto Junior College

Chad Redwing is the recent Academic Senate president and current Professor of Humanities at Modesto Junior College (MJC), where he also coordinates the Applied Creativity and Community Transformation (ACCT) Institute. Chad completed his doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago, where he studied the cultural consequences of authoritarianism, and in addition to his 17 years at MJC, he has teaching experience at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels in both public and private institutions and academic leadership experience as a dean.  When not involved in college and university life, Chad has a passion for community service, having started several 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, in Arizona, New Mexico and California, to confront social issues from homelessness to today’s dearth of reading and creative practices. He has also served as a founding member of several charter schools in California and New Mexico, one of which has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 25 high school in the United States.

Vivian Rhone-Lay, Ph.D.
Vivian Rhone-Lay, Ph.D.
Founding Principal of MacDonald High School

Dr. Vivian Rhone-Lay is the Founding Principal of MacDonald High School in San Jose, California. She previously served as a dean of students and an associate principal of educational development at four high schools in San Jose, and most recently as a principal at Santa Teresa and Phoenix High schools.

Prior to that, Dr. Rhone-Lay taught grades 8-12, served as an English department chair and new teacher induction coach, and was a teacher education instructor and program chair at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension. She has also worked on various research teams and was part of an award-winning software development team centered on the California High School Exit Exam.

Christina Saenz
Cristina Saenz
Doctoral Candidate, University of Central Florida

Cristina Saenz is a doctoral candidate in the Education department at the University of Central Florida with a focus on Inclusive STEM. Prior to beginning her PhD, she was an elementary school teacher in Boston, MA and Orlando, FL. Her dissertation focuses on exploring the life experiences of young Latina inventors and examining how they draw on cultural capital in their development of an inventor’s identity. Cristina is passionate about advocating for the participation of underrepresented minorities in invention and STEM and the value of varied perspectives in the innovation ecosystem. She is also a mom to a 13-year-old daughter who is a competitive soccer player and spends most of her free time on the soccer field.

Justin Schmidt
Justin Schmidt
Instructor, MIT Edgerton Center

Since he was old enough to pick up a screwdriver, Justin has been making things, breaking things, and occasionally managing to fix things. He established and led a middle school Makerspace where he collaborated with teachers across all subject areas to design and deliver engaging Maker projects to their students. He has also taught classes in design thinking, electronics, video production, and photography. Justin worked with Parts and Crafts, a kid-centered community Makerspace in Somerville, MA, and as a community access facilitator at Fabville, the Somerville High School's Fab Lab.

Doug Scott
Doug Scott
Teacher, Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and 2014 InvenTeam educator and LMIT Master Teacher

Doug Scott is an accomplished engineering, robotics, and technology teacher with 19 years of experience working with students from grades 6-12. Doug led several robotics and competitive technology teams to state and regional championships as well as national and international competitions. Nationally, his BPA technology teams have won seven titles and multiple top-three placements. He serves as a fellow for the Lemelson-MIT Program and an ambassador for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, assisting students and teachers nationwide through invention processes. Doug also helped draft national invention education standards.

Sienna Senyo
Sienna Senyo
Account Manager, Labster

As an Account Manager at Labster, Sienna works to help teachers educate and empower the next generation of scientists to change the world with the world's leading platform for virtual labs and science simulations.

sandra slattery
Sandra Slattery
Student, Chaffey College

Sandra is Editor-in-Chief of The Breeze at Chaffey College, a student-run news publication. She returns to academia 13 years after earning her first B.S. During the 13 years, she gained experience teaching music, leading choirs, producing electronic music, and traveling the world. She is currently a double major in journalism and health sciences, and was awarded the California Humanities Emerging Journalists Fellowship. Previously, Sandra was a journalism intern for the inaugural i3 program at Chaffey College. Sandra is an avid Thai food enthusiast and spends her free time hiking and camping.

Nancy Soon
Nancy Soon
CEO, IDE Academy

Nancy Soon is a multi-cultural teacherpreneur, software engineer, and CEO of IDE Academy in Singapore. For more than 20 years, she has trained more than 700 educators in the U.S.A., Asia, and Australia.  During the last four years, she has provided professional development training and customized curriculum to more than 200 preschool educators in Singapore, Pakistan, and South Korea.  Nancy believes that nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit in preschoolers starts with cultivating an inventive mindset.  This is the key to spark lifelong passion in STEM and future-proof the workforce.  

Marissa Stillittano
Marissa Stillittano
District Science Resource Teacher, Torrance Unified School District

Marissa Stillittano became a science educator in 2005. She taught 7th grade science for 10 years where she coached the Science Olympiad team and led the Young Scientist Club. For the past 7 years she has been a District Science Resource Teacher. She creates professional learning experiences for teachers learning the Next Generation Science Standards, coordinates the district STEAM fair and the South Bay Regional Invention Convention. She has a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a master's degree in Science Education from California State University, Long Beach and a doctorate in STEM Leadership from American College of Education.

Cynthia Torres
Teacher, Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Bio coming soon.

Sam Ung
Sam Ung
Science and STEM middle school teacher, Venado Middle School

Sam Ung is a middle school science and STEM teacher in Orange County, California. A UCI graduate with a degree in Biological Sciences, she started her career in biotech but quickly realized that empty windowless labs were not for her.  She traded her goggles and lab coat for the classroom and has been teaching ever since. Her passion is to help students develop the technical skills to develop their ideas, be it a 3D printed crocodile programmed by a micro:bit, a light up Tardis or a laser cut lamp. STEM should be accessible to everyone.

Kevin Warfield
Kevin Warfield
Instructor, Greenbrier East High School

Kevin Warfield is an experienced Project Lead The Way teacher at Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, West Virginia, teaching pre-engineering and architecture. Prior to becoming a teacher in 2006, Kevin worked for 15 years in civil engineering and architecture. In 2015, Kevin was named Greenbrier County Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for West Virginia Teacher of the Year. His students partner with local businesses on local and global design problems including designing the multi-million dollar Greenbrier Aquatic Center which will open in fall 2021 and a sustainable courtyard in Sorocaba, Brazil. Kevin is currently working with an InvenTeam working on a cave rescue device.

Jeremy Wilson
Jeremy Wilson
Engineering Professor, Modesto Junior College

Jeremy is in his eighth year as an engineering faculty member at Modesto Junior College where he is able to combine his love for engineering and teaching. Recently, he’s had the pleasure of working as one of two lead faculty on the i3 initiative. He began his career as an engineer for Hewlett Packard. While there, he designed mechanical components and ran thermal simulations in an engineering group developing enterprise business servers. During that time, he was awarded multiple patents for work done on the development of a new multi-processor server.  After teaching an engineering class in the evening for an instructor on sabbatical, Jeremy recognized a passion for teaching and sought full-time work in the community college system. After the work day is done, Jeremy tries to keep up with his 5-year old daughter and 8-year old son.

Leslie Wright
Chemistry Teacher, Margarita Muñiz Academy

Leslie Wright is a Chemistry Teacher at the Margarita Muñiz Academy, Boston Public Schools. The Muñiz Academy is an open enrollment Innovation high school, which is dedicated to full cultural and linguistic fluency in Spanish and English. Leslie joined the Muñiz Academy as a founding 11th grade teacher in 2014.  She completed training in Intro to Green Chemistry and Advanced Green Chemistry with Beyond Benign in 2020 and 2021 respectively. The Muñiz community is an Expeditionary Learning School. As such, Leslie used the JV InvenTeams as a foundation to design an expedition around Green Chemistry and Innovative Design. Adjustments were also made to accommodate pandemic recovery and a high school population with dual language learners. All of Leslie's 11th graders participated in the Inventing with Green Chemistry and Expedition.

Zane Zents
Zane Zents
Software Engineer, Grain Weevil Corporation

Zane Zents is a software and embedded systems engineer working for AgTech startup Grain Weevil and specializes in writing software for the Espressif ESP32 chip. Zane graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2021 with a Bachelor's in Computer Science and Mathematics. Zane won a piece of the 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize in the "Eat It!" category for his work with fellow presenter, Ben Johnson on their Grain Weevil robot.

Helen Zhang
Helen Zhang
Researcher, Boston College

Helen Zhang is a senior research associate working at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College. She has extensive experience in developing, implementing, and researching invention education at K-12 levels. Previously she has been working with the Lemelson-MIT program on the professional development work. She also has worked with a group of middle school teachers on bringing invention education into science classrooms. 


Two Options: In-Person or Virtual
No matter which option you choose, you will enjoy an amazing experience and become a part of the Invention Education community.

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Professional Development from Lemelson-MIT, MIT School of Engineering, for 16.5 hours of training.

Recordings will be provided to all attendees.
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(Registration Deadline: June 1, 2022)

In-Person activities will be held
on the MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA 

Workshop Sessions from 10am - 4pm ET each day 

In-Person perks: 
Breakfast (prior to sessions) and lunch provided all three days 
Evening Reception on Day 1 
Swag Bag

*Travel and accommodations not included
(Registration Deadline: June 8, 2022)

Workshops Sessions
from 10 am - 4 pm ET each day


Join your peers and education leaders and take Invention Education to the next level!


MIT is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability-related accommodation to attend this event either virtually or in person or have other questions, please contact Janell Ciemiecki at

In-Person Attendee Guidelines

Event Access

Until further notice, all in-person attendees must meet the following requirements for MIT’s “Tim Ticket” visitor and event pass system. A Tim Ticket is a digital pass that allows attendees access to MIT buildings on campus. To be issued a Tim Ticket, event attendees must: 

  • Provide their contact information (name, phone number/email address). 

  • Accept MIT guidelines for campus access and agree to adhere to MIT rules/protocols. 

  • Submit a daily health attestation. 

  • Attest that their Covid-19 vaccinations are up-to-date (including boosters) or that they have a religious belief or medical condition that exempts them from receiving the vaccine. 

More details about the process for issuing Tim Tickets will be provided to in-person registrants closer to the event date. If you have any questions or concerns about these requirements, please contact Janell Ciemiecki at 

Face Coverings

Face coverings are optional in indoor spaces at MIT. In-person attendees who are unvaccinated or not up to date with their vaccinations are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks per Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance. Please be respectful of other people’s choices about masks – regardless of whether you choose to wear a mask or choose not to wear one, be kind and understanding with people who make a choice different from yours. Note that MIT’s face covering policy and other Covid policies are subject to change if public health conditions change on campus or in surrounding communities, or if local, state, or federal guidance changes.


Suggested attire for the Professional Development Summit is business casual. Weather and temperatures tend to fluctuate in June so please plan accordingly.


Hotel Blocks for Summer PD Attendees

A limited number of rooms with a special nightly rate have been arranged at the hotels listed below. Unless otherwise noted, rates are available for the nights of June 14 - June 17, 2022. Availability is on a first-come first-served basis and rooms may quickly sell out. Please check with individual properties about cancellation policies.

All of these hotels are close to public transportation. Since visitor parking is limited on campus and local lots are expensive, public transportation or car services are the suggested mode of transportation to campus.

June is a very busy month in the Cambridge/Boston area, and for the best rates and availability, booking early is strongly encouraged.

AC Hotel Boston-Cambridge

10 Acorn Park Drive 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
+1 617-876-6190 
Rate: $239.00 plus applicable taxes/fees
Booking Deadline: 05/20/22                          
Phone Booking: +1 617-876-6190
Online Booking: Click here
6.7 miles to MIT; close to public transportation

Fairfield Inn

215 Monsignor O'Brien Highway 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141
+1 617-621-1999 
Rate: $259.00 plus applicable taxes/fees
Booking Deadline: 05/24/22
Phone Booking: +1 617-621-1999 
Online Booking: Click here
1 mile walk to MIT; close to public transportation

Hampton Inn

191 Monsignor O'Brien Highway 
Cambridge, Ma 02141
+1 617-494-5300
Rates: $279.00 - $289.00 plus applicable taxes/fees
Booking Deadline: 05/10/22
Phone Booking: +1 617-494-5300
Online Booking: Click here
1 mile walk to MIT; close to public transportation

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston - Cambridge

250 Monsignor O'Brien Highway 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02141 
+1 617-577-7600
Rate: $249.00 plus applicable taxes/fees
Booking Deadline: 05/09/22
Phone Booking: +1 888-465-4329 (Block code: LPD)
Online Booking: Click here
1 mile walk to MIT; close to public transportation

Hyatt Regency Boston - Cambridge

575 Memorial Drive 
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 
+1 617-492-1234
Rate: $299.00 plus applicable taxes/fees
Booking Deadline: 05/20/22
Online Booking: Click here
0.7 mile walk to MIT; hotel shuttle to Kendall Square