About NSTI

NSTI workshop participants

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 creation and protection.  NSTI is designed to help teachers inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. The program is open to all K-12 teachers nationwide. Travel and lodging expenses, in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and USPTO travel policy, will be covered for teachers who are traveling more than 50 miles to the venue. For more information, review our FAQ

Learn more about NSTI from former participants:

Tracy Vassiliev portrait

"The NSTI schedule can be grueling, but the rewards are immense." 

-Tracy Vassiliev, Maine

Doug Scott portrait

"When you have a student identify a problem, develop a solution and determine how to protect and market it, it makes them think about the whole process."

-Doug Scott, Massachusetts

Yolanda Payne portrait

“Through NSTI, I was able to meet other educators who are as passionate about their students’ learning as I am.”

-Yolanda Payne, Georgia