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Wednesday, November 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
Invention Education and STEM: Preparing Students from Diverse Backgrounds for the Innovation Economy

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This joint presentation by the Academy of Applied Science and leading invention educators addresses the urgent need for greater diversity among the ranks of leading innovators in the U.S. and partnerships needed between K-12 educators, the higher education community and others to ensure that new learning opportunities are afforded to students in K12 all along the education continuum. Participants will examine invention education as a strategy for attracting more students from underrepresented backgrounds into STEM college/career pathways. The ways educators have structured invention education programs in both formal and informal settings and information about the alignment with state standards will also be shared. We will review a seven week asynchronous online project-based learning pedagogy course preparing educators to begin an invention program. Presenters will discuss strategies used to create partnerships within local communities and beyond to support students’ and teachers’ work. Examples of teachers’ journeys into invention education and what it has meant for students will be explored.


Nicole Bellabona

Director, Young Inventors’ Program/Invention of Northern New England, Academy of Applied Science

Diane Dabby

Professor of Electrical Engineering & Music, Olin College

Veronica Lewis

Student, Georgetown Middle High School

Mary Lyon

High School Creativity/STEM Educator, Georgetown High School

Frank Xydias

Engineering Faculty, Milford High School

Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am EST
Meeting Room C

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