National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property
Organization: United State Patent and Trademark Office
Grade-level Audience: High School (9-12), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), Primary (K-2)
When Offered: June to August
Format: Face-to-face only
Application Deadline: March 31, 2023
For More Information: NSTI_Applications@uspto.gov
The USPTO's National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property (NSTI) is an excellent opportunity for K-12 educators to learn techniques that foster and unleash the innovator in every student through invention education. The program has no fee for participants, and applications are accepted until March 31 for the summer session from July 16-21 in St. Louis. Intellectual property touches nearly every sector of daily life, so the concepts in the NSTI program are applicable across all educational fields, and the value goes beyond the classroom. At NSTI, educators will build the skills needed to incorporate key intellectual property and STEM topics into their curricula, develop strategies to help students understand and appreciate the importance of innovation and creativity, and commercialize their own inventive works. Participants will work with USPTO experts to explore patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and have access to several "maker spaces" focused on various technologies. Educators will also receive valuable resources to take back to their classrooms, including teaching materials, lesson plans, and activities aligned with national standards. By participating in NSTI, educators will gain valuable knowledge and skills and become part of a network of educators committed to making a positive impact on their students.
What will you gain?
At the USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute, you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn about innovation, STEM, and intellectual property concepts
- Participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations
- Network with other educators and experts in the field
- Develop new teaching strategies to engage your students in STEM and innovation concepts
- Earn professional development credits
- This program is open to all K-12 educators and subject areas
Who should apply?
K-12 educators who are looking to equip their students with the confidence to solve real-world problems should apply for the USPTO's National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property (NSTI). This includes classroom teachers, school librarians, and media specialists, as well as museum educators. The program is hands-on and designed to help educators learn techniques to foster innovation in every student through invention education. The concepts covered in the NSTI program are applicable across all educational fields, making it an excellent opportunity for K-12 educators of all subject areas. The program has no fee for participants, and applications are accepted until March 31 for the summer session from July 16-21 in St. Louis.