A new transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning, known as invention education, is gaining popularity in the United States and abroad. Young people are learning ways inventors find and solve problems that matter through inquiry-based, hands on projects. They are also learning how to build solutions in ways that are environmentally friendly, how to protect their ideas and creations, and how to bring solutions to intended audiences (i.e. entrepreneurship).
Students and teachers tell us stories about the knowledge and human skills they gain that help prepare them for the future of work and to be leaders in their communities. They also tell us that the experience is fun and transformational to their lives. We invite you to take advantage of the time you may be spending at home. Gather your tools, re-usable materials and dive right into the activities we have on this site. If you have questions along the way, please post them in the Week 2 forums.
Full STEAM Ahead!
What can families do to use this time to help young people get started on the path to becoming a young inventor?
Prof. Michael Cima on the Pathway to Invention
What 3 pieces of advice would you offer to young inventors?
Prof. Michael Cima on Advice for Young Inventors
What characteristics do inventors share?
Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia on Invention
What’s important to think about when solving a problem?
David Sengeh on Invention Tips for Young People