National Summer Teacher Institute


Learn about the USPTO's National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI)

The National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) is a multi-day professional development training opportunity designed to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers as they increase their knowledge of concepts of making, inventing, and intellectual property (IP) creation and protection. 
NSTI is designed to help teachers inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. The program is open to eligible K-12 teachers nationwide. It combines experiential training tools, practices, and project-based learning models.

NSTI 2023 will take place in person July 16-21, 2023, in St. Louis, Missouri. 

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The central focus of NSTI is to create and protect IP —this includes inventions, knowledge discovery, creative ideas, and expressions of the human mind that may have commercial value and are protectable under patent, trademark, copyright, or trade secret laws. IP is modeled as both a teaching and learning platform to help inspire and motivate student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, computer science, and other fields of study, such as innovation and entrepreneurship. 

four women at NSTI sitting around the table engaged in active discussion

NSTI presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors include experts from the USPTO, noted scientists and engineers, entrepreneurs, and representatives from other federal government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Participants are introduced to teacher-friendly materials designed to enhance student learning and inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem-solvers.



Tracy Vassiliev
Tracy Vassiliev portrait

“Highlighting the importance of innovation has been very helpful to me in the classroom. Students are more engaged in the lessons because I encourage their creativity." -- Tracy Vassiliev

Doug Scott
Doug Scott

"NSTI is a great way to make yourself a more informed and well-rounded educator, no matter your discipline. You’ll bring new innovation and interest in invention to your students." -- Doug Scott

Yolanda Payne
Yolanda Payne



"At NSTI, you learn things you and your students will benefit from. It will make you a better teacher." --Yolanda Payne



If you have questions regarding National Summer Teacher Institute, visit our NSTI FAQ webpage or contact

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