The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will conduct its 3rd Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property on July 17-22, 2016, in East Lansing, Michigan. This year’s program is offered in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) and will be hosted on the campus of MSU.
The program combines experiential training tools, practices, and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in incorporating concepts of making, inventing, and innovation into classroom instruction. The central focus of this year's Institute is on the creation and protection of intellectual property—this includes inventions, knowledge discovery, creative ideas, and expressions of the human mind that may have commercial value and are protectable under patent, trademark, copyright, or trade secret laws. Intellectual property will be modeled as both a teaching and learning platform to help inspire and motivate student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, computer science, and other fields of study such as innovation and entrepreneurship.
Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors will include experts from the USPTO, faculty from MSU, noted scientists and engineers from the Science of Innovation curriculum, and representatives from other Federal Government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Participants will be introduced to teacher-friendly instructional tools, lesson strategies, and innovation practices designed to enhance student learning and outcomes in the classroom while meeting the rigors of the Common Core and Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards.
Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers who are selected to participate in this program and reside more than 50 miles from the venue in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and USPTO travel policy. Teachers who are selected for this program and reside within a 50-mile radius of the venue will have the option to stay at the residential housing for a fee.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact NSTI_Applications@uspto.gov (link sends e-mail).