Funding, Grants & Awards

MIT-Lemelson Program Awards Grants to Young Inventors

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A program that celebrates inventions from middle and high school students is awarding grants to 42 teams at 39 schools in California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas. The Lemelson-MIT Program will award Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam grants to help enhance STEM education through inquiry-based learning and hands-on skill building. The teams represent “a diverse group of students in grades 7 to 10 from public, charter and magnet schools,” according to the announcement.

The JV InvenTeam initiative is a spin-off of the original Lemelson-MIT Program for older high school teams. It is funded by the Oregon-based Lemelson Foundation and administered by faculty and experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering. JV Teams can go on to compete in the national program, which awards grants of up to $10,000 to solve real-world problems through invention.

Launched in 2014, the JV InvenTeam initiative provides younger students with invention-based activities, project materials and professional development opportunities for educators. JV teams learn how to safely use tools and work on hands-on projects that range from hydrophobic gardening to designing basic wearable technologies. (All JV InvenTeams Activity Guides and other invention resources are available for free to the public.)

The complete list of 2017 grantees is available here. Further information can be found on the Lemelson-MIT program site.

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