Developing Country Education

We believe that future inventors should be equipped with the tools that will allow them to generate new inventions that improves the lives of the poor in developing countries. In our work, we support the creation of hands-on educational activities that equip developing country inventors with critical tools including:

  • Cultivate the capacity to think critically, and identify real-world problems and possible solutions in the user’s context through questioning, empathy, idea generation, and design process thinking..
  • A strong base of knowledge in skills necessary to invent, including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • The ability to learn to turn ideas into solutions through creating designs, fabricating prototypes, and incorporating entrepreneurial thinking.

This suite of tools, the Inventors' Toolkit, is powered by hands-on experiences that allow the inventor to turn ideas into inventions with impact.

The fruits of human ingenuity have bypassed some three billion people who live on less than $2 per day... The intersection of invention and sustainability is of central importance to all parts of the world. The key question...how can the connection between invention and sustainability be encouraged?” – Report of the Committee for the Study of Invention, The Invention Assembly, 2004

The Lemelson Foundation works with partners in developing countries to support educational programs that teach the Inventor’s Toolkit for inventors. The principle activity in this work is a partnership with Indonesia’s premier agricultural university, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), to train university students in invention and entrepreneurship and seed invention-based entrepreneurship courses in universities across Indonesia.