Office of Education and Outreach
The Office of Education and Outreach sponsors educational outreach programming for the USPTO and is managed through the Office of the Under Secretary. The USPTO provides educational activities and participates in educational programs for students, educators, and young inventors and innovators of all ages.
Science of Innovation
“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. The series is narrated by NBC News’ Ann Curry.
- An Introduction to Patents and Trademarks at the DC Public Library
- Teachers and Educators
- Science and Engineering Festival
- Engineering Family Day
- Girl Scouts at the Smithsonian - As you celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, explore the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall and beyond.
Visit the USPTO Kids Pages for more information on upcoming events and educational opportunities for children and their families!