Foster a culture of creativity in the classroom with invention and intellectual property education

At this month's K-12 education webinar, the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Office of Education invites you to join a teacher professional development session held by USPTO educational engagement contractor STEMisED, on February 27 from 6-7 p.m. ET. Learn about new tools and strategies educators can use to unlock the full potential of their students through invention and intellectual property (IP) education. 

Education experts Kathy Hoppe and Christine Lawlor-King, both former educators with more than 30 years of combined experience in the classroom, will lead an engaging and interactive discussion on the SCAMPER method. SCAMPER—Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate, and Reverse—is an educational framework that draws upon students' creativity to solve problems, guides brainstorming and critical thinking, and encourages the development of new ideas. By the end of this webinar, teachers will have a new, valuable set of tools to use in their classroom, and an understanding of how invention and IP education can be integrated in their curriculum. Visit the event page to learn more and sign up. 

This is a fantastic professional development opportunity for teachers seeking to deepen their knowledge of invention education and encourage innovation in their students.

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This webinar will be presented by: 

  • Kathy Hoppe is the owner of STEMisED and educational engagement contractor with the USPTO's Office of Education. Kathy has over 30 years of experience in the classroom and is a former Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator (2013-15) placed at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Engineering.
  • Christine Lawlor-King is an expert consultant in the field of invention education. A former middle school teacher, Christine recently served as Invention Education Program Manager for Lemelson-MIT and is a recipient of the STEM Connector’s Community Trailblazer Award.

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 are 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 on the last Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. ET.

Visit the USPTO's Office of Education page or email 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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