Why Invention Education?

Teachers talk about Invention Education

Opens Minds & Possibilities

Invention Education helps students identify and create new possibilities for themselves and their world. It builds confidence by creating a new sense of their identity, their abilities, and their future.

Invention Education teaches essential skills students need, whether they become inventors or not
  • Provides a safe learning environment that encourages students to take risks, experience failure, and be comfortable in ambiguity.
  • Increases students’ self-confidence and resilience to navigate ambiguity.
  • Develops leadership skills.


The unique “Intellectual Thrill” of invention inspires students to engage more deeply in their learning and their world
  • Transforms the way students see themselves – their abilities, potential roles in the world, and capacity to create something new and unique.
  • Encourages creativity and practical application of STEM knowledge to develop new solutions that improve lives for individuals and society.
  • Motivates students to self-identify as problem solvers and change-makers.


Invention Education emphasizes diverse student and community inputs
  • Expands participation of students from under-represented groups in STEM learning.
  • Fosters collaboration skills and students’ capacity for empathy by understanding problems from others’ perspectives.
  • Increases emphasis and value placed on diverse student and community inputs that are typically marginalized.

Enhances Learning

Invention Education is a catalyst for deeper learning and engagement with STEM education and adjacent disciplines. Adding the unique real-world application of invention activates a deeper, more personal level of student interest, learning, and engagement.

Invention Education enhances educators’ existing efforts in key disciplines, not replace them
  • Designed to integrate into existing in classroom and out-of-school approaches and concepts.
  • Draws upon students’ knowledge in existing disciplines and approaches (including STEM, computer science, entrepreneurship, project-based-learning and more) as well as their lived experiences to develop real solutions.
  • Demonstrates real-world application of core disciplines, which activates deeper engagement and learning.


Invention Education emphasizes problem identification – gives students agency in the critical choice of which problems to solve and why
  • Encourages students to identify and select the problems meaningful to them– a key differentiator from aligned disciplines that provide pre-determined problems to solve.
  • Increases students’ engagement in their own learning and education.
  • Invention Education emphasizes importance of inclusive and equitable problem selection.


Prepares students for a role in the future innovation economy
  • Fosters 21st century knowledge by strengthening student understanding of STEM subjects through real-world application.
  • Builds “soft” skills such as empathy, inclusivity, curiosity.
  • Encourages entrepreneurial thinking by helping students understand how to connect ideas to the marketplace.

Prepares Students for the Economy of the Future

Invention Education prepares students to thrive in a future yet to be determined, in industries yet to be imagined, and in jobs yet to be created.

Invention Education prepares students to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce
  • Develops the soft skills – like empathy, curiosity and resourcefulness – and hard skills – such as computer coding, data analysis, and design – that employers value in future leaders.
  • Fosters an inventor’s mindset, building the skill set employers are demanding.

Invention Education prepares students to create the industries and jobs of tomorrow
  • Develops the  mindsets and skills that students can use to create new industries yet to be imagined.
  • Inspires and prepares students to be future entrepreneurs and create good, well-paying jobs of the future.


Prepares students to be the leaders of the future
  • Reinforces the value of listening to diverse perspectives.
  • Prioritizes collaboration and teamwork.
  • Helps students learn to recognize and solve problems.

HOW Invention Education Works

A Student-Centered Approach

Invention Education is a student-centered approach that empowers students to solve the problems they care about. It offers educators the flexibility to integrate it into their current efforts in a variety of ways across a wide range of formal and informal educational settings.

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Educators integrate the process of invention into their current approaches and curriculum.


Students are given agency in problem identification – they choose which problems to solve.

Students draw upon their knowledge in existing disciplines and approaches (including STEM, computer science, entrepreneurship, project-based-learning and more) as well as their lived experiences to develop real solutions.

Students face real-world challenges that activate deeper engagement and learning.

Throughout the process, diverse student and community inputs are emphasized, so students gain deep, first-hand knowledge of the value of inclusivity.

Voices from the Field


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Invention Education gives you a greater ROI because it strengthens the approach to STEM disciplines.

Ron Ottinger, Executive Director

STEM Next Opportunity Fund

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Invention Education provides students engagement, inspiration, and ownership over their own educational trajectory.

Jim Lynch, E3 STEM Program Manager,

Apple Valley High School St, Paul MN

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Reason for learning STEM is rediscovered when it’s applied to helping people through invention.

Stephanie Couch, Executive Director

Lemelson-MIT Program

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We have students who are suddenly more invested in the learning experience and are driving their own education.

Doug Scott, Hopkinton High School, MA

District leader for Business, Tech & Engineering grades 6–12

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