Last week was the annual EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration at the Lemelson-MIT Program designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. The event was a chance for some of the nation's youngest inventors – student InvenTeams – to showcase their work as well as interact with and hear about the projects of the Lemelson-MIT Programs $500,000 Prize winner, Carolyn Bertozzi, the $100,000 Sustainability Award Winner, BP Agrawal, and the $30,000 Student Prize winners from MIT, CalTECH, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Five Lemelson Foundation staff and several of our board members where on hand through out the four days of festivities.
In addition to the annual festivities, one special highlight of the 2010 EurekaFest was the formal introduction of the new Boy Scouts of America "Inventing merit badge" which provides Scouts with an understanding of the impact and importance of inventive thinking and doing.
About the Lemelson-MIT Program
The Lemelson-MIT Program recognizes outstanding inventors, encourages sustainable new solutions to real-world problems, and enables and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention. The program was founded by Jerome Lemelson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994, and is administered by the School of Engineering.