Invention Education Impacts All Students in All Settings
Classrooms, virtual learning spaces, afterschool programs, museums – these are just a few places where you can find Invention Education in action! Learn more about the ways students and educators are engaged.
Spark!Lab: Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Picture yourself sharing a workspace with people of various ages and backgrounds, working together to invent a new solution to a problem you identified and having access to tools and materials to make your idea a reality, all while surrounded by stories and images of diverse inventors and invention–related museum collections. Spark!Lab does just that. It puts students in the driver’s seat as problem solvers and challenges them to experience the thrill of invention.
Educators are often searching for ways to enhance their teaching in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), to help students become more deeply invested in their own learning of these critical disciplines, and to better understand the importance of their application in the real world. The Lemelson Foundation and MIT came together to address this need by creating Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams®, a national grant-based initiative that focuses on inspiring high school students through the process of invention. Since then, more than 2,900 students have participated in the program, many of whom have gone on to pursue degrees in STEM fields.
The Henry Ford Museum and Invention Convention
The Invention Convention is a K-12 educational program that immerses students in the process of inventing and celebrates their accomplishments through a culminating event, all while connecting them to a broader community of support and inspiration. Throughout the experience students learn critical skills, discover their potential and develop the skills needed to invent their future. The Invention Convention curricula is open-access so essentially every K-12 student may have access to it. It is also aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, ensuring that educators can integrate into their existing teaching efforts while meeting other teaching objectives.