Foundation / Corporation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering and The Lemelson Foundation
09/06/22 5:00 PM EDT
Grants of up to $7,500 to USA and territories STEM educators affiliated with high schools to lead high school student teams in a hands-on STEM challenge. Selected teacher-student teams choose a real-world problem and collaborate to invent an innovative technological solution. Funds may be allocated for research, materials, and learning experiences related to the project.
The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program, offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention. InvenTeams are teams of high school students, educators, and mentors which receive grants to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own problem to solve.
InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they integrate lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. Interactive, self-directed learning coupled with STEM curricula are essential for experiencing invention.
Students learn to work in teams, while collaborating with intended users of their inventions. The InvenTeam initiative relies on this collaborative approach to build problem-solving skills and foster creativity, which is essential to invent. InvenTeams display and discuss their prototypes with each other and award-winning inventors at EurekaFest. They partner with organizations in their communities to enrich their experiences. Most of all, students learn to move forward through challenges and celebrate "Eureka!" moments. After the InvenTeam experience, inventive cultures often continue to prosper at schools through further development of InvenTeam prototypes or the pursuit of new invention projects.
Youth involvement is required for part of the application process. There must be evidence of youth input in the invention proposal section of the application. Many educators recruit youth early to develop a stronger proposal for the initial application.
Invention Ideas: InvenTeam projects span many fields like assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods, wearable technology and more. Inventors are encouraged to identify important problems in their own communities. Local problems tend to highly motivate youth as they create technological solutions to improve the lives of others.
The grant may be used to purchase materials and supplies necessary for the discovery process and expenses related to product development and team-building efforts (including snacks, meals, and team polo shirts). Funds may be used for a teacher fellowship if the project is conducted as an extracurricular activity or club.
GrantWatch ID#: 178991
Up to 8 teams nationwide will be selected for the 2022-2023 school year as InvenTeam grant recipients.
- Grants are up to $7,500 each.
- Educators who facilitate the project outside of the school day may allot up to $3,000 of an InvenTeam grant towards fellowships.
- The Program will cover room and board for eight team members (six students and two chaperones) to cover EurekaFest costs.
The grant period runs from October - June corresponding with the academic year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For further information and to apply online: https://lemelsonmit.smapply.io/prog/2022-2023_lemelson-mit_inventeam_grant_/
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The Lemelson-MIT Program
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