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Sorry, you all my camera does not work
Nice to meet you all. Doug Scott from MA. This program is fantastic...be prepared to change the way you teach and love it!
For some reason, a lot of folks came in under “Tracy Jean-Chronberg”. If this isn't you, please rename!
More diversity in ideas and inventions
"Ingenuity would be off the hook!"
Write up about Baruch and their adventures: https://lemelson.mit.edu/news-events/news/inventeamtm-students-participate-white-house-science-fair
No red tape in your purchasing...imagine being able to purchase project items without the PO process etc….I linked mine into Amazon and we had items the next day! Every teacher that had a P Card will tell you how they now miss having it 🙂
Mark Westlake bio: https://lemelson.mit.edu/forging-pathway-invention-education/leadership-staff/mark-westlake
Mike Gallagher is monitoring your chat Q/A. His bio: https://lemelson.mit.edu/forging-pathway-invention-education/leadership-staff/michael-gallagher
About Dr. Leigh Estabrooks: https://news.mit.edu/2020/society-women-engineers-we-local-program-honors-leigh-estabrooks-0302
Can teams have more than one teacher? Or is it required that we select one?
^^About how many students per team, as well?
Yes you can have more then one teacher
Most teams have a lead teacher and an assistant teacher(s)
A coaching/teaching team is actually the best.
Team sizes can range quite a bit. Seen them as small as 6 or so...all the way up to 24. Keep in mind the larger the team the more management involved.
An ideal team is between 9-15 students
Can one school have two teams?
We will share the recording after
Ed Hernandez: https://lemelson.mit.edu/forging-pathway-invention-education/leadership-staff/ed-hernandez
One grant / team per school
A School only have one team. One is plenty the first time.
Chelle Myrann: https://lemelson.mit.edu/forging-pathway-invention-education/leadership-staff/chelle-myrann
Don Domes: https://lemelson.mit.edu/forging-pathway-invention-education/leadership-staff/don-domes
Clara Mabour: https://lemelson.mit.edu/forging-pathway-invention-education/leadership-staff/clara-mabour
Is it allowable for a private school to reach out to a community partner to help source student participants?
Who does the administrator need to be? (principal, superintendent? )
The "Real" Tracy Jean Chronberg: https://lemelson.mit.edu/forging-pathway-invention-education/leadership-staff/tracy-jean-chronberg
Brittany you can have either based on your district structure, but ultimately your business office will have to sign off on green lighting a P Card for the teacher as well.
What if our school has not return yet to see if students are interested in this. Most of our students are dormitory students and do not return til 8/15.
It sounds like the application is for the inventing to occur this year. True? When I applied in the past, it was a two-year application process.
I apologize if this is a silly question! Does this take place at the same time every year? I know in my district, we will not see teachers back until August 15 and students back until August 22nd. While we can do some recruiting individually, this timing will be challenging.
The administrator should be someone who can provide some support if you need it. Examples are approvals for things you want to do with the kids, signing forms, etc. Some administrators are more involved than others. It would be great if they can accompany the team to Eurek Fest.
Brian, yes ready for June 2023 EurekFest showcase of your team's invention.
Brian the application is for this year
Thanks, Doug and Michael!
I teach middle school computer science. Are we eligible to the grant or is it only high school?
Can non-teacher activity coaches register a team? I manage the school's MakerSpace and a number of after school STEM competitions throughout the year. I also mentored and chaperoned our Inventeam in 2019.
Laura…yes challenging. If possible a teacher and small core group of kids (handful) can meet up at local library this summer and write the application together. We did that years ago and it was a great way to get started...small then grow the team.
Is there a Cap on the number of approvals each year?
Thank you for the recommendation, Doug!
InvenTeams would be for high school students 9-12 for the 2022-2023 school calendar year.
ok. Thank you
Laura...it will work...small core group 🙂
Hi Sandra: I will defer to LMIT official staff on the number of approved teams. This would be a Q for Leigh/Clara/Tracy.
Sandra, we are selecting up to 10 teams this year
Here is our team picture as an example: They had a little fun with it https://files.rollingrobots.com/sites/default/files/uploaded_images/TheDreamTeam%202.JPG
Tip: The kids really need to be committed to the invention and excited about coming up with the solution. Their energy level is mission critical.
Love it George. Nice part of LMIT IT is you run into cool people like George at the airport here and there 🙂
Like any team you will have your "core” and some peripheral members.
Are there any videos of teams presenting at Eureka Fest to help recruit and sell this program on my campus?
Yes we can send some out. Great idea
Andrew….yes...I have a few nice videos of a few teams…will grab and post...stay tuned…
ASK Academy EF: https://youtu.be/EYnSfVdUiGY
Richland EF: https://youtu.be/mRDVB-3DS80
Logan EF: https://youtu.be/CSr5jpXt4SE
Thanks a bunch for the Eureka Fest video links
All there in one copy/paste:
ASK Academy EF: https://youtu.be/EYnSfVdUiGYRichland EF: https://youtu.be/mRDVB-3DS80Logan EF: https://youtu.be/CSr5jpXt4SE
The kids turn into the experts
Doesn't the "solution" have to be part of the grant application? I assume that the proposed solution may flex to even change, correct? Or did I misunderstand and we only need the problem defined.
It really helps if the kids can get to know the customer of the invention. The customer can really help the kids.
The problem is more important then the solution
Someone asked…if you have a LMIT IT Q...I defer to LMIT staff...if you are looking for something from me in particular...sure: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrscottbot
Margaret you will have to define the problem and propose a solution.
You can’t have a problem that is beyond the scope of the school year
The solution can and most likely will change
Honestly some of the best LMIT IT I have seen...have the simplest inventions that work and solve the problem. The focus is really the problem and having it solved by the team.
This seems to align perfectly with PLTW Engineering Design and Development. Is it ok to let students in EDD participate as "the big project"?
Does this happen annually on the same timeline?
John, good Q for Mike Gallagher...he is PLTW trainer since it started
So being a current FTC coach put a proposal in the not award pile?
Can private business assist in finding "real world problems" to help with R & D?
Andrew I did both …coached FTC and ran LMIT IT….but I had the kids choose which….I took on the load knowing it would be painful…I lived
I am part of a profit org- but I’m here because I know my son would love to be part of a team like this. He is a rising 9th grader. Who would be a great contact in the high school to reach out?
I am the MakerSpace director and coach of our Science Team, but not technically a teacher on campus. Can I submit an Inventeam application with one of my student teams?
Hi Sonila...that would be a good Q for a teacher/admin at their school
Yes, Dustin, you can submit an application
Would we be able to apply with a problem and solution we’ve already created a loose prototype for?
Can private business assist in finding "real world problems" to help with R & D?
Wonderful! Thank you, Clara :-)
We are a K-12 stem charter. Is it strictly 9-12 or can we include our middle schoolers as well?
Andrew - I coached a ton of FTC and both FTC and Iventeam are a lot of learning. I had assistant coaches for my FTC teams and did not have FTC Lead Coaching responsibilities. Honestly - Do not stretch yourself too thin.
Are there exemplars of prior successful proposals?
John yes you get outside help in finding a problem
Joni…I would suggest they coach the process...but the kids really need to ID the problem.
Meeting with companies and talking about issues they have. Doug has used the fire department or police department
Does the background info section have to take up 12 pages?
Niharika, the background does not have to be 12 pages. 12 pages is the max for that section.
Ok thank you!
Thanks, Michael. that is what I wanted to know about PLTW EDD
You feel free to email
Just do it...game changer for you and your kids!
Thank You so Much! :)
I think I just need time to take all this in.
Yes do it !
Ed in CA
if you only start out with 3-5 hours a week you will probably be putting in more time as you near the end.
I remember sitting where you are and thinking no way I can do this….I was wrong...so worth it
Thank you for a well-planned presentation.
Thanks for your time and information. Looking forward to applying.:)
With the $3000 for teacher fellowship, does that mean it can go to salary or stipend?
Thanks, Leigh! Pleasure to see you again! I'm working on developing a team and plan to apply next year.
The fellowship is paid to the teacher not via the school
ah, okay. awesome
You will find that Leigh will have your back...she will do anything to help a teacher/team that is putting in a good effort. She knows everyone across the country and her resources that are vast. And all with a smile 🙂
and if there are 2 teachers, can it be broken down?
Thanks, Ray. Awesome
Thank you Leigh
Thank you 😊 looking forward to sharing this opportunity with our students and staff.James Griffin, PrincipalLinda Lopez, Asst. PrincipalBoyd H. Anderson HS
good night all
Tanishq singh rathore