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

Who may apply?

Middle school or high school teachers who meet all of the criteria below:

  1. At least three years of prior teaching in one or more of the following STEM areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computational Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics; OR three years of prior teaching in one or more of the following areas of education: Vocational and Technical Education courses such as Mechanics, Woodworking, Welding, Rapid Prototyping, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Computer-Aided Design, Design Thinking, Invention Education, Creative Thinking, Visualization, Intellectual Property or Entrepreneurship.
  2. A commitment in school year 2014-2015 to teach in one or more of the following STEM areas: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Computational Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics; OR three years of prior teaching in one or more of the following areas of education: Vocational and Technical Education courses such as Mechanics, Woodworking, Welding, Rapid Prototyping, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Computer-Aided Design, Design Thinking, Invention Education, Creative Thinking, Visualization, Intellectual Property or Entrepreneurship.
  3. At least three years of prior teaching OR three years of mentoring students in areas directly related to Invention, Innovation, Making, or Entrepreneurship such as: Making/Design-It-Yourself Projects, Invention Competitions, Robotics Programs, Science Fair Projects, Scouting, Inventors Club, 4-H, or other relevant educational mentoring experiences.
  4. A strong commitment to incorporating lesson plans, curricula and education resources and student activities related to “making”, inventing, or innovating as part of school year curriculum. In addition, participant teachers also agree to cooperate with reasonable efforts to share experiences and outcomes with other teachers at the institute and the USPTO.
  5. Approval from principal or school administrator. Attendance for the duration of the program.
  6. Live within a 50-mile radius of Santa Clara, CA. Note that the deadline for participants outside of the 50-mile radius closed on June 14, 2014.