The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) conducted its 5th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property July 29-August 3, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. This year’s program was offered in collaboration with the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education and the David C. Anchin Center and hosted on the USF Tampa campus.
The program combined experiential training tools, practices, and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle, and high school teachers in increasing their knowledge of making, inventing, and innovation. 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, entrepreneurs, and representatives from other Federal Government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Participants were introduced to teacher-friendly materials designed to enhance student learning and inspire the next generation of inventors and problem-solvers.
If you have any questions regarding the 2019 National Summer Teacher Institute, please contact NSTI_Applications@uspto.gov.