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High school teachers interested in authentic learning experiences in STEM should check out the Lemelson-MIT Program: InvenTeam Initiative. The Lemelson-MIT Program awards InvenTeam grants of up to $10,000 to teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors who invent technological solutions to real-world  problems.

Each InvenTeam chooses its own issue to address, and the students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math to develop invention prototypes. InvenTeam projects span many fields, from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Science, math, and technology educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations are eligible to apply.

One of the exciting parts of this initiative is its flexibility. Teams that win the award do not have to follow a prescribed formula to execute their projects. Each InvenTeam is permitted to develop their own plan. However, the program website provides plenty of guidance to help teams develop their workplan.

Applications are due February 28, 2014. Visit for more information. The website also includes resources to help teams conceptualize and develop their ideas, as well as links to descriptions and videos of past projects.



Posted 13 Jan 2014 12:09 PM by Maria Sosa