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Tuesday, June 25, 4:45–6:15 pm
Location: Franklin 3-4, Marriott

David Coronado   Leigh Estabrooks   Victoria Pasquantonio   Doug Scott  
Based on the content of the PBS NewsHour, students will learn how inventions are addressing real-world problems, from illegal poaching to climate change. Through a seven-step invention process, students will work in teams to identify and solve problems in their own communities and present solutions to key stakeholders.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
For Educators:
Citizen
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
Designer
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Working in teams, educators will design an invention that helps solve a problem in their community, builds empathy and creates social change. The objective is for participants to understand and experience the hope and power that invention provides, especially for those wishing to make the world a better place.

Activities will be based on news stories of the PBS NewsHour of real inventors and inventions as well as lesson plans of NewsHour Extra that utilize MIT-Lemelson invention education strategies. One of our presenters, Leigh Estabrooks, directs the MIT-Lemelson program and InvenTeams project and can discuss how students and teachers can get involved building their own inventions and taking part in invention competitions.

We will primarily use devices such as laptops, tablets or smartphones to learn about the easy-to-grasp 7-step invention process that is used by inventors.

The group will also dig into the invention resources: "10 lesson plans on invention education" via PBS NewsHour Extra's invention education series based on news events and invention stories from around the world. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/5-engaging-lesson-plans-celebrating-invention-and-innovation/ Doug Scott, head of technology and engineering teacher at Hopkinton High School, will discuss how he wrote one of the lessons on a low-cost solar power invention and how teachers can design similar lessons. Doug will also discuss how he and his former students filed and received a U.S. patent through the Lemelson InvenTeam program. He has since gone on to work with Leigh at Lemelson-MIT on a number of invention education projects, which focus on providing students and teachers across the country with the skills to invent.

We will also use PBS Learning Media's interactive lesson plan written by NewsHour's Victoria Pasquantonio: "Design Apps That Help Others and Build Empathy," which utilizes MIT-Lemelson invention education techniques. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ilnewsh18-sci-ilinvention/design-apps-that-help-others-and-build-empathy

As for evidence of success, I presented NewsHour's invention education lesson series at the K12 Summer Institute in Texas for two full days of workshops with Texas STEM and humanities teachers. Here are 12 lesson plans on STEM stories in the news that the teachers produced and were published on the NewsHour: "12 news stories that make STEM meaningful for students" http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily-videos/how-current-events-makes-stem-meaningful-for-students/

Outline

What content will be presented and/or in what activities will the audience participate?

DOUG SCOTT WILL SHARE HIS LESSON: "Lesson plan: Solar invention makes safety and production levels shine" (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/lesson-plan-low-cost-solar-light-invention-makes-safety-and-production-levels-shine/) ON INVENTION AND THE POWER OF HANDS-ON LEARNING WHEN IT COMES TO STUDENTS CREATING THEIR OWN SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

How much time will be spent on each content component? AND what is the process:

15 MINUTES: WARM-UP ACTIVITY -- HOW HAS INVENTION PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR LIFE? WHERE DID INVENTION EDUCATION COME FROM and WHAT IS IT? FROM US...AND IT'S ALL AROUND! ACTIVITY WILL EXPLORE THE POWER OF INVENTION RIGHT AT ISTE!

15 MINUTES: PAIRS OF TEACHERS WATCH A VIDEO OF INTEREST TO THEM FROM THIS LIST OF 10 STEM NEWS VIDEOS VIA PBS NEWSHOUR: (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/5-engaging-lesson-plans-celebrating-invention-and-innovation/)

15 MINUTES: WHAT IS THE INVENTION PROCESS? HAND OUT INVENTION PROCESS CHART AND MAKE SURE TEACHERS UNDERSTAND IT BY HAVING THEM DISCUSS HOW INVENTION PROCESS WAS EXHIBITED IN THE PBS NEWSHOUR STORY AND ASPECTS OF THEIR OWN LIVES.

30 MINUTES: PEER-TO-PEER INTERACTION AND DEVICE-BASED ACTIVITY INCLUDING IDENTIFYING A PROBLEM IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND BRAINSTORMING A SOLUTION.

15 MINUTES: SHARE YOUR INVENTION WITH TWO OTHER GROUPS; REVIEW INVENTION PROCESS AND ACTIVITY; DOUG DISCUSSES HOW TO PATENT AN INVENTION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAM WORK.*

*IT MAY BE WORTH NOTING THAT INVENTION EDUCATION HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER FOUR DIFFERENT ENTITIES (FOUNDATION, ACADEMIA, HIGH SCHOOL AND PUBLIC MEDIA NEWS OUTLET) BECAUSE OF THE SHARED BELIEF THAT GIVEN THE RIGHT TOOLS, YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE SOLUTIONS TO REAL-WORLD PROBLEMS.

Supporting research

GET INVENTION EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM:

DOUG SCOTT, IT AND ROBOTICS TEACHER, HOPKINTON HIGH SCHOOL (MA.):

"Natick High School InvenTeam Awarded U.S. Patent"
http://lemelson.mit.edu/news/natick-high-school-inventeam-awarded-us-patent

https://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2018/06/lemelson-mits-eurekafest-inspires.html

Doug's lesson on NewsHour Extra: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/lesson-plan-low-cost-solar-light-invention-makes-safety-and-production-levels-shine/

DAVID CORONADO, PROGRAM OFFICER, THE LEMELSON FOUNDATION

What is impact inventing?: https://www.lemelson.org/content/impact-inventing

Why is invention so important?
https://www.lemelson.org/

VICTORIA PASQUANTONIO, PBS NEWSHOUR EDUCATION PRODUCER:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/lessons-plans/5-engaging-lesson-plans-celebrating-invention-and-innovation/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/

LEIGH B. ESTABROOKS, INVENTION EDUCATION OFFICER, LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM

https://lemelson.mit.edu/inventeams

https://lemelson.mit.edu/

https://lemelson.mit.edu/resources

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Presenters

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David Coronado, The Lemelson Foundation
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Leigh Estabrooks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Victoria Pasquantonio, PBS NewsHour

Victoria Pasquantonio is education producer at the PBS NewsHour and a former middle and high school social studies and English teacher. One of the highlights of Victoria's current job at PBS is working on NewsHour Extra, NewsHour's teacher resource website. Key features of the site include daily news stories and lessons plans on civics, media literacy, STEM and invention education, all designed to make learning fun and meaningful for young people.

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Doug Scott, Hopkinton Public Schools

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