NSTI Agenda Overview

NSTI participants

The National Summer Teacher Institute is an intense but highly-rewarding professional development opportunity. 

The institute combines experiential training tools, practices, and project-based learning models in a rigorous hands-on atmosphere. Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors include experts from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), noted scientists and engineers, entrepreneurs, and representatives from other federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

A typical NSTI week follows the basic schedule outlined below:

Sunday: Welcome and orientation

Monday: "Maker" Monday ("Making Connections," student showcase, Introduction to Invention Challenge)

Tuesday: Patents and searching, problem-solving methodologies

Wednesday: Trademarks and searching, models for entrepreneurship

Thursday: Copyrights and applications to learning

Friday: Invention challenge pitches and reflections