Three Day Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers - West Coast

Three Day workshop middle-high school teachers- west coast
University of California, Irvine Irvine, 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 teacher, after school professional, or other educator who wants to enrich your students' educational experience, join us for a three-day workshop. We will be holding a workshop on the west coast and the east coast. 

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 guides made available free of charge on our website here

Cost: Registration is $1,500 per participant and includes food (breakfast and lunch for all three days), workshop materials, and a classroom kit.  

Registration is closed. Email Gayle Golding 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

Tony Perry
Invention Education Coordinator, Lemelson-MIT


Ed Hernandez
InvenTeam 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.


Mike Carter
InvenTeam Educator, The Archer School for Girls

Mike Carter was an educator on The Archer School for Girls InvenTeam in 2016. He launched a new program in Integrated Design and Engineering Arts at the Archer School for Girls to introduce students to engineering methods through design challenges and hands-on problem solving. He serves as the Engineering & Design Coordinator for that program. Before educating students in engineering, Mike worked in the private sector in various technologist roles. Mike holds a master's degree in political science from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in religious studies from Graduate Theological Union. He also holds two bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University in product design engineering and political science.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Friday, July 14, 2017
Workshop 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Hotel Accommodations

The following hotels are located near the University of California, Irvine where the workshop will be held. This list is for reference purposes only. We do not endorse, authorize, or require patronage at any of the establishments mentioned.

  • Irvine Marriott
  • Residence Inn, Irvine John Wayne Airport
  • Hilton Irvine/Orange County
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Irvine

There is a room block reserved at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine with the UCI rate of $114 per night and includes complimentary breakfast and free shuttle service to and from John Wayne Airport. Guests can also request shuttle service to and from UCI. The block can only be held until June 27th. 

Details are: 

Room Block is held under: Lemelson-MIT
Reservations can be made via email at or by phone at 949-833-2770.

Addresss: ATRIUM HOTEL at Orange County Airport
18700 MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92612

Cancelling, Transferring Registration and Waitlist Policy

Contact us before June 15th to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee to cancel your registration. After June 15th, no refunds will be issued. We will accommodate transfers whenever possible.