What could your highschool do with an extra $10,000?
When you finish your list, keep reading...
One inventive way to get that much needed dough and encourage creative thinking and invention in your highschool is to form a student invention team and start tossing around some project ideas now... because applications begin this Fall for the 2009 competition Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grants.
"InvenTeams composed of high school students, teachers and mentors are asked to collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as an in-class or extracurricular project. Grants of up to $10,000 support each team's efforts. InvenTeams are encouraged to work with community partners, specifically the potential beneficiaries of their invention."
Each year about twenty highschool teams are awarded up to $10,000 for their projects. Past winners included inventions such as a "Curb-conqueror" wheelchair attachment , a continuous positive airway pressure alert, and inspection friendly luggage .
All the application and project details, as well as plenty of support material, including in-school posters to recruit students, can be found on the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam website.
Jerome Lemelson , who with his wife Dorothy, founded the Lemelson Foundation , was one of the most prolific inventors in history, having received 550 patents during his 40 years of inventing. He contributed to many fields, from aeronautical engineering to electronic vision/scanning to toys and games. He fought hard for the rights of independent inventors, for several of his patents were infringed by big companies.
Nevertheless, Lemelson became a very weathly man through his inventions and left most of his wealth to up-and-coming inventors through the Lemelson Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) , that administers the yearly foundation awards: The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT PrizeThe $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability
The $30,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams High School Invention Grants
Additionally, the Lemelson Foundation funds these student awards: The $30,000 Lemelson-Rensselaer Student Prize
and The $30,000 Lemelson-Illinois Student Prize
Can you imagine making so much money from your inventions that you're able to provide more than a million dollars a year, in perpetuity, to encourage new inventors in every successive generation? (I think I can imagine it.. I think I can... I think I can... I ) Myra Per-Lee
Please visit my blog to read my series of Inventor Advice columns. It all starts at the bottom of the last page (isn't that how inventors always start?) with How To Come Up With A Great Product Idea.