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Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Grant

Grants to USA Educators to Lead High School
Student Teams in a STEM Invention Challenge

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) School of Engineering and The Lemelson Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/05/21 5:00 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA STEM educators affiliated with high schools and nonprofit educational organizations to lead high school student teams in a hands-on STEM challenge. Applicants must submit an initial application prior to submitting a final application. Funds may be allocated for research, materials, and learning experiences related to the project.

Lemelsom-MIT InvenTeamsĀ® are groups of high school students, educators and mentors that invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. The InvenTeam initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention.Ā 

InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they integrate lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. Interactive, self-directed learning coupled with STEM curricula are essential for experiencing invention.

Optimal InvenTeam size is 10-15 high school youth. All teams are expected to hold a mid-grant technical review to demonstrate their progress and gather important feedback from beneficiaries and community stakeholders. Teams also must present and showcase a working prototype of their invention at EurekaFest in June of their grant year.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178991

Number of Grants:

Up to 15 teams nationwide are selected each year as InvenTeam grant recipients.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to $10,000 each. Educators who facilitate the project outside of the school day may allot up to $3,000 of an InvenTeam grant towards fellowships.

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs from October - June corresponding with the academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators at high schools and non-profit educational organizations. An educator and/or a school who has received an InvenTeam grant must wait three grant cycles before applying again.

Funds may not be used to purchase capital equipment or professional services (e.g.: intellectual property legal protection, engineering services).

Pre-Application Information:

The application is a two-step process with an initial application and a final application. Only InvenTeam finalists chosen from the initial application are invited to apply to the final application which focuses on the invention project and requires student input.

Key Dates:
- Initial application opens: October 27, 2020
- Initial application deadline: April 5, 2021
- Finalist teams develop their final applications: Summer 2021
- Final application deadline: September 2021
- Up to 15 InvenTeams announced: October 2021
- Invention development by InvenTeam grantees: October 2021-June 2022
- EurekaFest for InvenTeam grantees: mid-June 2022

Stage 1: Educators apply on behalf of their team and organization to participate. Up to 35 educators will be selected as finalists in this stage and will receive feedback on their invention project proposal, access to webinars, and expert mentorship from the Lemelson-MIT Program Fellows in the spring and summer of 2021. Only applicants selected as finalists in 2021 will be invited to submit a final application for the 2021-2022 school year.

Stage 2: Final Application (by invitation only) will be due September 2021. The final application is completed by the team of students with oversight and support from the educator.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://lemelsonmit.smapply.io/prog/lemelson-mit_inventeam_grant/

For more information please contact: inventeams@mit.edu

The Lemelson-MIT Program
222 Third Street, Suite 0300
Cambridge, MA 02142

Phone: 617-253-3352
Fax: 617-258-8276
Email: info-lemelson@mit.edu

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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