Invention education propels learning and student opportunities outside of the classroom

Join the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Office of Education on September 26, 6-7:30 p.m. ET, as we welcome Christine Lawlor-King, an invention educator who champions invention as a way for all children to uncover gifts they might not even know they have. Christine will share how invention education provides all students opportunities to shine outside of the classroom. She will also share best practices on introducing invention education in your classroom or out-of-school programming.

Topics of this webinar will include:

  • How invention education launches student learning out of the classroom and how educators can find those opportunities for their inventors
  • Exciting events for young inventors such as Invention Convention, Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams, Congressional App Challenge, Make48, and GIFT (Global Innovation Field Trip)
  • Implementing invention education with your students — tips on how to get started
Christine Lawlor-King

Christine Lawlor-King exemplifies an educator who is pioneering both invention and entrepreneurship learning in the classroom. She created her district’s award-winning K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program and has been the catalyst for implementing invention education curricula in many schools, on a national and international level. She taught invention education in her urban school district for more than 10 years. She was the Education Lead on the team who created the National Invention Convention program and then managed the Invention Convention Worldwide. She was also the Executive Director of the largest Invention Convention program in the world and currently consults with numerous invention education programs and schools, including Lemelson-MIT. Christine has mentored young inventors, and trains and support educators and administrators from all types of schools. Her efforts earned her STEMconnector’s Community Trailblazer Award.

Join now

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.

Visit the USPTO's Office of Education page or email to learn more.

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This event is part of a series: K-12 education