Ignite Innovation: A mini invention challenge to enrich learning experiences across content areas

For this month's K-12 education webinar, join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and STEMisED for a professional development session for educators on Tuesday, May 28 from 6-7 p.m. ET.

Education experts Kathy Hoppe and Christine Lawlor-King, both former educators with more than 30 years of combined experience in the classroom, will introduce the mini invention challenge as a way to integrate invention across diverse content areas. In the mini invention challenge, students discover how invention leads to exploration, creativity, and experimentation. They learn to generate ideas, prototype solutions, and effectively communicate their findings. By harnessing the power of invention, teachers can create a culture of innovation that empowers students to become active participants in shaping their future.

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This webinar will be presented by: 

  • Kathy Hoppe, owner of STEMisED and educational engagement contractor at the USPTO. 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 intellectual property (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.

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