Empowering Innovations: Celebrating Hispanic pioneers in education and invention

This event on November 28 was originally scheduled for October 31. Please refer to this listing for updates and information.


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Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Office of Education for an illuminating Fireside Chat on Innovation from the Hispanic community. Tune in to this webinar on Tuesday, November 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. ET as we delve deep into the intricate dance of innovation, invention, and mentorship. 

a diverse group of 10 adults and young inventors smiling and standing behind a table with three laptops and the invention

Get inspired by the compelling journey of Katia Avila, a patented inventor from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Antonio Gamboa, a high school science teacher who played a pivotal role as a mentor. Listen in as they share their transformative experiences, challenges, and triumphs in the world of invention. 

Jorge Valdes, Education Advisor in the Office of Education at the USPTO, will guide the discussion, touching upon Hispanic innovation, the power of young minds, and the role of educators. 

The webinar will feature:

  • Deep dive with Katia Avila: Discover the inspiration behind her medical monitoring device, "Heart and Sole," a low-cost solution with potential to change lives.
  • Insights from Antonio Gamboa: Learn about his mentorship journey, the changing perspectives on invention, and the vital role invention plays in education.
  • Q&A session: Engage in a vibrant discussion and get answers to your burning questions. 

Why attend?

  • Celebrate Hispanic contributions to innovation.
  • Gain insights into the real-world challenges and rewards of the invention process. 
  • Empower yourself with tips and best practices for fostering invention education in the classroom and beyond.

Katia and Antonio's stories are not just about inventions; they're about determination, mentorship, and the power of community. They embody the spirit of innovation that resonates across cultures and generations.  

Mark your calendars and be a part of this enriching conversation that goes beyond classrooms and the USPTO. Together, let's honor the brilliance, dedication, and immense contributions of the Hispanic community to the world of invention. 

The USPTO hosts monthly professional development webinars for K-12 educators interested in integrating IP, innovation, and invention activities into their STEM/STEAM curriculum. Whether you’re a school administrator, teacher, student, parent, or caregiver, you are welcome to join us every month to hear from educators and learn about different types of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. These sessions can help inspire a classroom of problem solvers and shape career choices. Sessions are held by webinar on the last Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. ET.

NOTE: This event was rescheduled from its previous date and time of October 31 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Visit the USPTO's Office of Education page or email education@uspto.gov to learn more.

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If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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