InvenTeam Initiative to Cultivate High School Student Creativity

Posted by Lemelson-MIT Program on November 2, 2015

Lemelson-MIT Program Announces 2016 InvenTeam Initiative to Cultivate High School Student Creativity

Created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, the InvenTeam initiative provides opportunities for high school students to cultivate their creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving abilities and apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

InvenTeams of high school students, teachers, and mentors will receive grants of up to $10,000 to invent a technological solution to a problem of their choice. Projects can range from an assistive device to an environmental technology and to a consumer good. Applicants are encouraged to consider the needs of the world’s poorest people — those earning $2 or less a day — when brainstorming ideas, as well as the potential for community partnerships and other types of collaboration.

STEM educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations who have not received an InvenTeam grant within the past three years are eligible to apply. Funds may be allocated for project-related research, materials, and learning experiences. Funds may not be used to purchase capital equipment or professional services.

Initial applications are due March 7, 2016. Upon review, selected applications will be invited to submit full proposals by September 6, 2016.

Complete application and eligibility guidelines, including profiles of past InvenTeams, are available at the Lemelson-MIT Program website.


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