Our educational system — and society as a whole — has in recent years been united in its emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Math and Engineering) education for students. Unfortunately, a focus on STEM alone doesn’t create students with all the necessary skills imperative to companies and society at large, and leaves out a big portion of the creativity and talent available.
The issue with STEM-only education is that real-world problems are not always structured and pre-packaged; to solve many of the world’s greatest challenges, problem-solvers are forced to think out-of-the box, to invent new solutions.
Our curriculum and program is designed to build on the STEM base by helping students to understand the impact of inventions in their world and to learn the process of creating their own inventions. But even invention alone doesn’t solve the world’s challenges, because inventions must then be tactically refined, distributed, and shared through a sustainable business model — entrepreneurship. When you combine the STEM base students are already receiving in schools with additional instruction in Invention and Entrepreneurship, you provide students with a base in true Innovation.
To truly prepare the United States’ workforce for the upcoming challenges they’re bound to face, we must not only prepare them with the core structured learning of STEM, but also the principles of Invention and Entrepreneurship. The Invention Convention program aims to meet this need by infusing the foundational nature of a STEM education with a motivating and collaborative curriculum of Invention and Entrepreneurship, and inspiring the youth of American not just to solve, but to create, and to share.