Today, the Lemelson-MIT Program announced 14 teams of high-school students, teachers and mentors have been selected to participate in the prestigious 2010-2011 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative. Each InvenTeam will receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to create and pursue yearlong invention projects that provide hands-on-access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education both inside and outside of the classroom.
InvenTeams are immersed in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM-focused, project-based learning in both classroom and real-world settings. Teams are encouraged to work with mentors and establish partner relationships with professionals from industry, academia and municipalities in their communities. In many cases, local institutions support InvenTeams with additional funding, materials and insights.
A respected panel of judges composed of educators, researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, as well as former Lemelson-MIT Program Award winners and innovation industry leaders, selected the InvenTeams from a national pool of applicants based on the technical merits of their proposals for useful and unique devices. Members of the 2010-2011 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative are drawn from public high schools in rural, suburban and urban communities.
This year, two winners of 2009-2010 InvenTeam grants were invited by President Barack Obama to the first-ever White House science fair to present their research.
For more information about the 2010-2011 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, visit http://web.mit.edu/invent.