The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) conducted its 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 16-21, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.
The program combined experiential training tools, practices, and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in incorporating concepts of making, inventing, and innovation into classroom instruction. The central focus of this year's Institute was on the creation and protection of intellectual property—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. Intellectual property was 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.
Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors included experts from the USPTO, noted scientists and engineers, and representatives from other Federal Government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Participants were introduced to teacher-friendly instructional tools, lesson strategies, and innovation practices designed to enhance student learning and outcomes in the classroom.
If you have any questions regarding this program or the 2018 National Summer Teacher Institute, please contact NSTI_Applications@uspto.gov.