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Lemelson-MIT Program announces 42 Junior Varsity InvenTeam grants

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JV InvenTeam students proudly show their Super Lens invention activity.
A JV InvenTeam student learns how to create electronic textiles.

The Lemelson–MIT Program announced today the award of 42 Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam grants to 39 schools in California (metro Los Angeles), Massachusetts, Oregon, and Texas (metro Houston). Grantees serve a diverse group of students in grades 7-10 from public, charter, and magnet schools. The JV InvenTeam initiative, launched in 2014, equips teams with invention-based activity guides, professional development for educators, and materials to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through inquiry-based learning and hands-on skill building. (Educators in other states may access the guides for free at lemelson.mit.edu/resources while professional development and invention kits of tools and materials are available to non-grantees for a fee.)

“The JV InvenTeam grants initiative and the educational resources emphasize active STEM learning. Guidebooks are written in ways that help students learn by doing. Students draw on knowledge from a wide range of disciplines including STEM, and then inventively apply their knowledge and skills to create something useful and unique,” said Leigh Estabrooks, Lemelson-MIT Program invention education officer. “JV InvenTeams offers a structured, team-oriented environment for students to think about problems and solutions in their world. Invention activities are engaging and fun in addition to being relevant to the students.”

JV InvenTeams have the opportunity to develop STEM knowledge and hands-on skills while being guided through activities such as electronic textiles or hydroponic gardening. Teams explore STEM opportunities in a field trip to a college campus or science museum. Additional support is offered…

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