Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Office of Education on March 28, 6-7:30 p.m. ET, to hear from Lucie Howell —Chief Learning Officer at The Henry Ford (THF) museum—about inclusive innovation, THF, and tools for educators that inspire children to innovate for success, including the national television series Innovation Nation.
In her role as the Chief Learning Officer, Howell is responsible for implementing THF's educational initiatives and developing its unique learning tools, materials, processes and experiences for educators, students, parents and life-long learners. Howell brought the Invention Convention to Michigan educators and students, and led the Initiative for Entrepreneurship at THF. The Initiative for Entrepreneurship is a program designed to coach current entrepreneurs and help them pay it forward by encouraging, mentoring, and coaching aspiring innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs. She also developed INNOVATE, an online curriculum that pairs stories of technical innovation and social change with opportunities for students to engage in real-world problem solving.
An engineer by head and an educator by heart, Howell is focused on driving the Henry Ford philosophy of learning by doing through innovation education. After 20 years working as a K-12 teacher and an educational outreach and career development professional in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (add the Arts), Howell believes in authentic, trans-disciplinary opportunities. She believes that these experiences empower learners by allowing them to demonstrate their strengths while developing new skills and expertise. It is this approach that is at the core of the Innovation Learning products and programs that make up The Henry Ford’s inHub virtual venue. Learning that is powered by perspective, applied in the real world, and shared equitably by all.
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 the different types of IP—patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. These sessions can help inspire a classroom of problem solvers and shape career choices. Virtual sessions are held on the last Tuesday of each month, from 6-7:30 p.m. ET.
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.