Supercharge Your STEAM Program with Invention Education and Community Partnerships

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

10:00am-4:30pm (includes a 30-minute lunch break)Lemelson MIT Logo
$165 (includes lunch and all materials)

Presenters: Christine Lawlor-King, Invention Education Consultant, Lemelson-MIT, Manchester, CT; Brenda Payne, Executive Director, California Invention Convention, Santa Cruz, CA

Invention Education appeals to all students! It starts with students identifying problems in their lives rather than being given a problem to solve. This inspires students to design a solution, using empathy and perseverance. Educators will experience design challenges that demonstrate that agency, self-direction, and fun. Invention education is a powerful tool in connecting to your community. The session will include examples from young inventors and community involvement stories.

Join this hands-on/interactive Pre-conference Academy to:

  • Recognize the power of invention education for all children, as participants see examples from young inventors of all skillsets, grades, and backgrounds and learn how to facilitate all children through the invention process.
  • Approach Invention Education as a catalyst for family engagement, deepening stakeholder relationships and build an Invention Community.
  • Participate in practical lessons that apply to all classrooms and out-of-school programming, especially in STEAM education.

Leave this Academy inspired and with resources to easily implement including some accessible open-source curricular activities and tools to implement and sustain invention education programming.


Christine Lawlor King roundChristine Lawlor-King

Christine Lawlor-King exemplifies an educator who is pioneering invention and entrepreneurship in the classroom. She created her district’s award-winning STEM program and has been the catalyst for implementing invention education curriculum in many schools. She was the Executive Director of the largest Invention Convention program in the world and the Education Lead on the team who created the Nationals Invention Convention program. Currently, she consults with numerous invention education programs and schools, training educators and administrators. Her efforts earned her STEMconnector’s Community Trailblazer Award.

Brenda Payne roundBrenda Payne

Brenda Payne has been an innovator in the field of Invention Education for K-12 students for 30 years, providing training for educators, program leaders, and administrators throughout the state of California. 

Brenda began her career as an educator in Northern California where she introduced invention education to students, utilizing an engineering curriculum she helped develop for her district. Continuing on as a principal at several schools in Northern and Central California and a superintendent in a small district in Santa Cruz County, she began the California Invention Convention (CAIC), a program that serves thousands of students as an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs across the state.

Brenda has provided the professional development for the CAIC curriculum teachers use in their classrooms and after school programs.  Since joining the Lemelson/MIT staff, she has worked with other education experts to develop training modules for teachers throughout the country so they too can provide their students with the necessary creative and problem-solving skills to successfully engage in inventing solutions to self-identified problems in their own lives, that of their friends and families, and their communities.

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