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Office of Education and Outreach

The Office of Education and Outreach (OEO) provides educational and outreach programming for students, educators, and young inventors and innovators of all ages. The OEO is managed through the Office of the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO and supports the mission of the agency by providing relevant intellectual property, innovation and invention resources to school administrators, teachers, students and parents. The OEO also has a robust outreach program that supports many community-based invention and innovation programs.

National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property

Photo of a man drawing a flowchart about the Intellectual Property cycle on a transparent surface

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host its first National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property on August 10-14, 2014, in Santa Clara, California. In cooperation with the Office of Congressman Michael Honda (CA-17), this multi-day professional development training opportunity is designed to help middle and high school teachers incorporate concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property creation and protection into classroom instruction.

Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation series: Dr. Reginald Farrow (fuel cells, lab-on-a-chip), Dr. Evangelyn Alocilja (nano-biosensors for use in detecting counterfeit products), and Dr. Homayoon Kazerooni (exoskeletons), as well as series Executive Editor, Mark Miano from NBC Learn.  The series was produced as a joint project between the USPTO and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The U.S. Department of Education, NSF, Smithsonian Institution, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies will be represented at the Institute. Congressman Honda, a former science educator and advocate for STEM education, will kick-off the Institute with a keynote address on Sunday evening. On the final day, NASA Ames Research Center will host the teachers through an on-site tour and discussion.
Teacher participants are expected to commit to implementing lessons learned in their school districts in order to support development of a STEM/Innovation- learning ecosystem.   

We still have a few “local” spots available for teachers who live within a 50 mile radius of Santa Clara, CA. Unfortunately, the application process is now closed for teachers beyond a 50-mile radius. Note that lodging will not be covered for participants who travel less than 50 miles to the training. Local teachers, do not miss this exciting opportunity. Space is limited.

Who may apply? FAQ Apply here! 

Science of Innovation

 Science of Innovation by NBC Learn

Science of Innovation” is an 11-part series produced by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The series highlights innovations, but also explains the specific processes that helped bring them about, such as the need to imagine and invent, as well as the desire to improve existing innovations and even inspire others. The stories are told through the eyes of scientists and engineers funded by NSF, who have used patents and sometimes trademarks to protect their work. Innovation isn’t just about any one invention or inventor, it’s a process that anyone from a garage tinkerer to a federally funded scientist often takes in order to achieve an innovation.

“Science of Innovation” launched on February 11, 2013, the 165th birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, to underscore the fact that the spirit of innovation lives on in the United States today. The videos in this collection are available for free and aligned to middle school and high school lesson plans produced by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), as well as national education standards. NBC News correspondent Ann Curry narrates the series.


Visit the USPTO Kids Pages for more information on upcoming events and educational opportunities for children, teens, families and educators.

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