Invention Education Workshop - West Coast

Invention Education Workshop - West Coast
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, CA

Developing Creative, Inventive Mindsets and Skills that Prepare Middle and High School Students for Careers in a Rapidly Changing World

The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been celebrating outstanding inventors and working to inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers for more than twenty years. We are now working to share what we have learned with educators across the U.S. as we believe that the development of creative and inventive mindsets are critical to young people’s ability to thrive in today’s technologically driven, rapidly changing world.

Who should attend: If you are a middle or high school STEM teacher, after school professional, or other educator who wants to enrich your students' educational exeprience through invention, join us for this workshop. We are also holding a workshop in the midwest and east coast for educators. 

What will you learn: The workshop will develop educators’ capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem. The workshop includes strategies for the effective use of JV InvenTeam activity guides made available free of charge on our website here.

Cost: Registration is $1,500 per participant and includes lunch and workshop materials.

Email Emily Meehan if you have any questions. You can also contact her directly at 617-253-3410.


Workshop sessions will be taught and faciliated by the Lemelson-MIT Program staff (former teachers) and former InvenTeam educators.

Leigh Estabrooks, EdD
Invention Education Officer, Lemelson-MIT

Ed Hernandez
InvenTeam Master Teacher and Educator, Tustin High School

Ed Hernandez was an educator on the Tustin High School InvenTeam in 2017. He joined Tustin High School in 2005 as a math teacher and became director of the school’s T-Tech Academy of Technology & Engineering in 2010. He is a certified instructor for Project Lead the Way and uses his skills to teach Principles of Engineering, among other courses. Ed, who is fluent in Spanish, was named Orange County High Impact Teacher of the Year (2014) and Engineering Teacher of the Year (2013). Ed holds a Master of Arts in Education from National University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, July 27, 2018
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hotel Accomodations

A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at Fairfield Inn Covina for $124.00 USD per night. Please call the hotel directly at 626-678-8988 and ask for the Lemelson-MIT Invention Education Workshop room block. Participants have until July 10, 2018 to secure the group rate. 

Cancelling, Transferring Registration and Waitlist Policy

Contact us before July 23rd to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee to cancel your registration. After July 23rd, no refunds will be issued. We will accommodate transfers whenever possible.

Funds through

The Lemelson-MIT Program does not offer scholarships for educators to attend professional development workshops. However, allow educators to request donations for event costs related to professional development.  Click here to learn more.