Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

High School Teams Earn Grant Funding for Invention Projects

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

High School Teams Earn Grant Funding for Invention Projects

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Teams of students from 13 high schools across the country received Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grants this year to invent devices that address a problem they have identified. With high schools facing tighter budgets and lack of funding for extracurricular programs, the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grants initiative provides inspiration, resources, and money to encourage high school students to solve a problem through invention. Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grants were awarded to teams of students from public, private, and vocational high schools in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the country. Their proposed inventions are in the areas of environmental protection, safety, and consumer products.

Last spring, high school science, mathematics, and technology teachers applied for the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grants. Thirty-one finalists were asked to complete second-round applications, honing their invention ideas. A panel of Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty and alumni, professional inventors and engineers, and Lemelson-MIT Program staff then reviewed the applications and selected the grant recipients.

This year's 13 InvenTeams are busy working on their inventions and completing working prototypes. …

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