This 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session will introduce teachers to the role of invention in American history and "invention education," a project-based learning approach that brings out students' natural inventive side. Students learn to identify problems in their communities through news stories and interviews with neighbors and family members. They brainstorm, design, test and share their inventions with classmates and potential stakeholders (i.e. a device to shield senior citizens living in "heat deserts" from the sun or a new device that sorts through recyclables at school). A key element of invention education includes examining past inventions by women inventors and inventors of color that historians and the news media have overlooked as well as examples of medical racism, like Henrietta Lacks and the Tuskegee Experiment. Invention education crosses all disciplines, helps build empathy in students and provides a path to civic action. Invention is often synonymous with the American Dream (think Thomas Edison and Henry Ford). Invention education ensures ALL students have the opportunities to invent, be successful and make the world a better place.
How Invention Education Helps Your Students Create Real Change
Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.
Share My Lesson is a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved professional development provider, and a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved professional development provider.
Luke Gerwe, Editor, PBS NewsHour
Katrina Hull, Educator, PBS NewsHour