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Office of Education and Outreach

The Office of Education and Outreach (OEO) provides educational and outreach programming for students, educators, and young inventors and innovators of all ages. The OEO is managed through the Office of the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO and supports the mission of the agency by providing relevant intellectual property, innovation and invention resources to school administrators, teachers, students and parents. The OEO also has a robust outreach program that supports many community-based invention and innovation programs.

Science of Innovation

 Science of Innovation by NBC Learn

Science of Innovation” is an 11-part series produced by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The series highlights innovations, but also explains the specific processes that helped bring them about, such as the need to imagine and invent, as well as the desire to improve existing innovations and even inspire others. The stories are told through the eyes of scientists and engineers funded by NSF, who have used patents and sometimes trademarks to protect their work. Innovation isn’t just about any one invention or inventor, it’s a process that anyone from a garage tinkerer to a federally funded scientist often takes in order to achieve an innovation.

“Science of Innovation” launched on February 11, 2013, the 165th birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, to underscore the fact that the spirit of innovation lives on in the United States today. The videos in this collection are available for free and aligned to middle school and high school lesson plans produced by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), as well as national education standards. NBC News correspondent Ann Curry narrates the series.

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