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Bringing Invention Education into the Classroom: A Webinar

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Join AAAS Science NetLinks for a free webinar focused on invention education and green innovation. We’ll introduce a new collection of lesson plans, videos, and other resources designed for 612 teachers. Share your experiences with educators and invention education experts and find new ways to include invention education in the classroom.


Kristin Moon, K–8 STEAM TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), Portland Public Schools

Moon, a K–8 STEAM TOSA, works to improve STEAM education, instruction, and opportunities for students who are underrepresented in STEAM career fields. Moon has worked in high-poverty schools for 16 years teaching middle school science, math, engineering, robotics, and design and innovation. She builds deep relationships between the STEM community, school, families, and students with a focus on invention education. Additionally, she has lead an award-winning school Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) team for seven years and helped Oregon MESA create and teach their invention curriculum. Moon continues to instruct, design, and advocate for a real and relevant STEAM education for all children.

Doug Scott, 6–12 Technology/Engineering Teacher/Subject Matter Leader, Hopkinton Public Schools

Scott has been a technology and robotics teacher, coach and advocate for the past 12 years. Recently he was hired to be the Technology/Engineering Subject Matter Leader in Hopkinton Public Schools to develop a 6–12 program. Invention education has been a part of his curriculum for several years, since coaching a Lemelson MIT InvenTeam which has filed a U.S. Patent Application and showcased their invention at the 2014 White House Science Fair. Scott has stayed on to assist the Lemelson MIT program as a Master Teacher, helping to support current InvenTeams. He was the 2014 STEM Teacher of the Year in Massachusetts and is still learning each day.

Bob Hirshon, Program Director, Technology and Learning, AAAS

Hirshon heads up technology-based education projects, including the NSF-funded KC: Empower program for children with disabilities; Active Explorer, a mobile app that allows educators to send children on data-gathering Quests; Google Mercury, with which users can explore the planet Mercury using the Google Earth platform; Spark Club, an eight-week after school green energy club; and the Kinetic City family of projects, including the online club, afterschool materials, games, simulations and McGraw-Hill book series. Hirshon also hosts and produces the daily Science Update radio show and podcast.

Funded by the Lemelson Foundation, the AAAS Science NetLinks Inventing Green Project has created a collection of resources that engage 6–12 students with invention education. These resources include lessons, videos, tools, and reading recommendations to provide teaching strategies and student activities focused on innovation and engineering. The collection also encourages students to explore entrepreneurship and invention while thinking critically about environmental consequences and outcomes.