We're excited and proud to be partnering with the Lemelson-MIT Program as they take their invention education program, InvenTeams, into new schools and age groups; expanding to 40 new sites and reaching more than 400 students and 80 educators per year by 2016.
The Lemelson-MIT Program will launch a Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam Initiative in Spring 2014, offering an unparalleled opportunity for underserved and underrepresented students in grades 9 and 10 to develop skills through prescribed design challenges. Further, students will practice inventive thinking by applying those new skills to create useful and unique products. Since the JV InvenTeam Initiative targets students and educators at high free and reduced-price meal (FRPM) schools, the Lemelson-MIT Program can provide skill-building opportunities to students in grades 9 and 10 who have the most to gain from future hands-on STEM activities when they reach grades 11 and 12.
The JV InvenTeam Initiative will be piloted in Massachusetts and Texas, with plans to extend outreach to California and the Pacific Northwest in 2015. The program builds upon the organization’s successful InvenTeam Initiative, an extracurricular, aspirational grants initiative for inventive, high-school aged youth who have a basic foundation in scientific and technical skills. InvenTeams – by inspiring and instilling confidence in participants – help prepare students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers and promises higher earning potential.