Getting started invention sheet. We have lots of resources for educators — including curricular resources, videos, professional development training, ideas, materials, mentors. Much of this becomes available to you when you let us know that you are interested in having either your school or classroom participate. Just contact us.
What does it take to bring the program to my classroom / school?
There is a complete write-up that describes each step in detail– but basically the steps are these:
- Plan the implementation and register with us
- Go to the Professional Development training
- Engage your parents and students
- Teach the curriculum and guide the inventions
- Hold a local Invention Convention to celebrate all the inventors
- Select students to attend the Tennessee Invention Convention
- National Invention Convention at the US Patent Office in Alexandria VA in June 2017
Why Should You Include Invention Education in your School?
The Tennessee Invention Convention builds standards-based inquiry skills in students K-8 by introducing and leading them through the creation of their own invention to solve a problem of their own choosing.
This Invention Education is:
- NGSS Aligned. Our curricular resources are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and each educational unit “covers the standards” effortlessly and naturally.
- STEM Integrated – Linked with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as English, economics, sociology, presentation skills, information technology, art, marketing, and much more.
- Differentiated Education – Accommodates different student needs and learning styles.
- Founded on Higher Order Thinking Skills – Problem-defining and problem-solving techniques are taught and utilized.
- 21st Century Skills Related – Age appropriate links to personal growth, learning paths, and global issues.