Inspiring youth through hands-on, STEM-based invention activities
Founded in 2003, the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams® Grant initiative initiative is composed of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $7,500 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems in their community of their own choosing. InvenTeams apply their learnings and experiences over a one-year period to build an invention that is showcased at the annual EurekaFest at MIT.
Over the past two decades, LMIT has established itself as a leading force in fostering student invention and innovation. The InvenTeams program has reached nearly 4,000 students, resulting in nearly three hundred unique invention prototypes — and 17 U.S. patents.
For the 2023-24 InvenTeams cycle, LMIT has named 10 Invention Education Fellows, teacher-leaders who mentor both the teams’ teachers and the students themselves — connecting them with resources, helping them recover from failures, and ultimately guiding them through the invention process. Learn more about the Fellows here.