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Invention education is highly passionate because it allows kids to solve problems they care about. Invention education is also focused on unstructured problem-solving, something not well handled by structured engineering and scientific design learning and competition. A common example is robotics programs, which provide structured playing fields, robotic parts, and competition goals, to teach kids creative problem solving and engineering skills. These are great programs, but do not teach skills like problem search, problem identification, problem decision design, and so on. Invention education complements Engineering Design and Scientific Method learning.
Provided by the STEMIE Coalition, the National Invention Convention Curriculum is open access, so EVERY student K-12 may have access to it. “Open Access” means that while STEMIE does not charge for the curriculum, we do vet all the curriculum and author new pieces with curriculum experts regularly to ensure the content is aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
It is The STEMIE (STEM + Invention + Entrepreneurship) Coalition’s belief that while not all Inventors are Entrepreneurs and not all Entrepreneurs are Inventors, these two pillars of Innovation (Inventing + Entrepreneurship) are closely aligned and are necessary skills sets in which all students should be immersed in order to create a more innovative, empathetic, and productive workforce of tomorrow.