Exploring invention and intellectual property with Rory Cooper’s adaptive technology lesson plan

For this month's K-12 education webinar, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and STEMisED in a professional development session for educators on Tuesday, April 30, from 6-7 p.m. ET.

This engaging edWebinar will demonstrate how educators can use the Rory Cooper lesson plan to encourage innovation and problem-solving in their students. This dynamic, free lesson plan—aligned with the Rory Cooper USPTO Inventor Trading Card—uses low-cost materials to incorporate hands-on activities that offer a multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach to learning. It is designed to inspire students to delve into the world of adaptive technology and disability awareness.

Visit the event page to learn more and and sign up. You can also visit EdWeb's Tips and Tricks page to learn more about how to view the live presentation and access the recording, earn your CE certificate, and use EdWeb's new accessibility features.

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This webinar will be presented by:

  • Doug Scott is an engineering and design teacher based in Massachusetts with many years of experience incorporating IP, invention, and innovation into his curriculums. He is a featured invention educator in a USPTO Journeys of Innovation story and was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Doug has led students in his classes to acquire multiple patents, including one for a “Multi-component robot for below ice search and rescue.”
  • Joyce Ward is the Director of the Students and Learners Division in the USPTO's Office of Public Engagement, which focuses on expanding outreach to K-12 educators and students, and integrating IP concepts, invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship into learning environments across the country. Joyce has led initiatives like the USPTO Science of Innovation series, the National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property (NSTI), the Master Teacher of Invention and Intellectual Property (MTIP) program, the Girl Scouts intellectual property patch, and the USPTO Inventor Trading Card series.

USPTO professional development webinars 

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. Webinars are held once a month. Visit the USPTO's Kids, students, and educators page to learn more.

For questions about the event, email education@uspto.gov.

Accessibility accommodation


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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