The Lemelson Foundation has awarded Science NetLinks a year-long grant to fund the creation and dissemination of a collection of resources on inventing for sustainability aimed at K–12 students and educators.
Aspiring to educate the next generation of inventors to be environmentally aware and responsible, the grant supports initiatives that address environmental issues and instruct future inventors and entrepreneurs in how to consider environmental impacts and address potential negative consequences associated with their creations. It also supports initiatives that integrate existing information on how inventors and businesses currently and historically have considered environmental impact.
“AAAS Science NetLinks has historically developed resources that challenge students to think critically, identify problems, and create solutions,” said Suzanne Thurston, Science NetLinks Project Director. “This suite of new resources will provide activities that encourage creativity, ingenuity, and sustainable design. Students will learn skills and strategies that can be applied to all areas of learning and career development.”
The AAAS Science NetLinks Inventing Green Project will develop a collection of resources that engage K–12 students with invention education. These resources will provide educators with a framework, teaching strategies, and student activities related to innovation and engineering, as well as the tools for identifying environmental implications. They also will encourage students to explore resources, digital media, and activities related to entrepreneurship and invention while thinking critically about environmental consequences and outcomes. New materials will include blog posts; lessons for middle and high school; a list of recommended trade books with a focus on invention, invention education, and sustainable design; videos with current AAAS Lemelson Invention Ambassadors or advisors; and invention- or sustainability-focused quests designed for our Active Explorer app.
Additionally, in 2016, the AAAS Science NetLinks Inventing Green Project will host an online event relating to invention education, green design, and the upcoming collection of resources. This event will allow educators and invention education experts to engage with each other and share experiences and teaching strategies.
Founded in the 1990s by inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife, Dorothy, the Lemelson Foundation is dedicated to using the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the United States, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Through their work, the Lemelson Foundation seeks to create a next generation of inventors who are environmentally responsible and equipped to create inventions and businesses that either strive to minimize their negative impact on the environment or address environmental challenges.
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