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InvenTeams (Lemelson-MIT)

InvenTeams is a national grants initiative of the Lemelson-MIT program that is designed to excite high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they integrate lessons from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. InvenTeams are composed of high school students, teachers, and industry mentors. Working collaboratively, InvenTeams identify a problem to be solved, conduct research on the problem, and develop a prototype invention. InvenTeam projects span many fields, such as assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods, and wearable technology. Past InvenTeams and their invention projects are available on the website.

After submitting an initial application, select InvenTeams are named finalists. Educators representing these finalists are Excite Awards recipients and are invited to attend EurekaFest in the summer, where they meet current InvenTeams, and attend invention education workshops. Educators then submit a final application for their InvenTeam. Winning students, teachers, and mentors representing each InvenTeam travel to EurekaFest in the summer to showcase their prototypes in a public exhibit. Previous student winners, MIT faculty, and other teams offer feedback and inspiration.

The optimal size of an InvenTeam is 10 to 15 high school youth. Eligible applicants are STEM educators at high schools and nonprofit educational organizations who have not received an InvenTeam grant within the past three years. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Award: Grants up to $10,000 are awarded annually, with approximately 15 grants available. Excite Awards recipients receive travel, food, and lodging for one educator to attend EurekaFest.

Deadline: Initial applications are due April 8, 2019. If selected to continue to the next step, final applications are due September 4, 2019.


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