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Resources and Professional Development for Middle and High School Educators to Develop Inventive Mindsets


The Lemelson-MIT Program, located within the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been celebrating outstanding inventors and inspiring young people to pursue creative lives and careers for more than twenty years. Lemelson-MIT Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeams(TM) are comprised of students in grades 7-10 who hone their hands-on skills and enrich their STEM education through invention-based design activities. There are eight (8) JV InvenTeam activity guides now available free of charge in the resources section of the Lemelson-MIT website: lemelson.mit.edu/resources. Invention kits of materials and tools that go along with the activities in each digital guide will soon be available online at a cost.

Lemelson-MIT will be hosting a professional development workshop for middle and high school educators this summer at MIT from July 24-26 (for a fee). The three-day workshop will develop educators' capacity to help kids learn to think and act as an inventor while developing a solution to a real-world problem. The workshop includes strategies for the effective use of JV InvenTeam activity guides. Register and learn more at lemelson.mit.edu/events. Contact Gayle Golding at ggolding@mit.edu for questions or by phone at 617-253-3410.