Calling All Teen Inventors! Get Your Projects Ready Now!
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