Foundation / Corporation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering and The Lemelson Foundation
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA and territories STEM educators affiliated with high schools and nonprofit educational organizations to lead high school student teams in a hands-on STEM challenge. Applicants must submit an initial application before submitting a final application. Funding is intended for materials, research, and learning experiences for students to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing.
InvenTeam projects span many fields like assistive devices, environmental technologies, consumer goods, and wearable technology. Inventors are encouraged to identify important problems in their own communities. Local problems tend to highly motivate youth as they create technological solutions to improve the lives of others. Each InvenTeam creates an individual path due to project variation, but most experience the cycle through three phases:
Students, teachers, and mentors representing each InvenTeam travel to Cambridge, Mass., in June for the Lemelson-MIT Program's EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit. InvenTeams present and showcase their prototypes at EurekaFest’s public exhibit. Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners, MIT faculty, and other teams offer feedback and inspiration during EurekaFest.
Applications are assessed on project planning, student organization, and potential for community partnerships and other types of collaboration. A strong application is sophisticated and prepared with student assistance. It demonstrates the educator's ability to facilitate a self-directed, hands-on learning project that spans an entire school year. The letter of support from the school’s administration should enthusiastically endorse the educator and the potential of an InvenTeam opportunity for the school.
GrantWatch ID#: 178991
Up to 15 teams nationwide are selected each year.
Grants are up to $10,000 each.
Educators who facilitate the project outside of the school day may allot up to $3,000 of an InvenTeam grant towards fellowships.
The grant period runs from October - June corresponding with the academic year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://lemelsonmit.smapply.io/prog/lemelson-mit_inventeam_grant/
Invention Education Coordinator, InvenTeams
The Lemelson-MIT Program
222 Third Street, Suite 0300
Cambridge, MA 02142
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