Student Teams Invited to Participate in Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program
  Deadline: May 6, 2006

  The Lemelson-MIT Program ( ) works to  
inspire young people to pursue creative lives and careers and, in  
particular, to engage in invention and pursue sustainable new  
solutions to real-world problems.

  As part of this effort, the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams program  
supports a non-competitive, team-based approach to invention and  
innovation among high school students. To that end, the program  
annually awards grants to teams based on the inventiveness,  
ingenuity, and feasibility of their project proposals.

  InvenTeams projects have spanned many fields, from assis- tive  
devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Applicants  
are encouraged to consider the problems or needs of the world's  
poorest people (those earning $2/day) in brainstorming project ideas.

  Up to eighteen grants of up to $10,000 each are available. Grant  
funding is intended for research, materials, and learning experiences  
related to developing the team's invention; it may not be expended on  
capital equipment or professional services. In recognition of their  
dedication, teachers who facilitate extracurricular invention  
projects can designate up to $2,000 of their grant toward a teacher's  

  High school science, mathematics, and technology teachers -- or  
teams of teachers -- at public, private, and vocational schools are  
eligible to apply. Intra- and inter-school collaborations are also  
welcome to apply.

  Team diversity and inclusiveness with school activities and classes  
is encouraged. Teams may range in size from a small extracurricular  
club of five members to entire classes of thirty or more students.

  Complete program information, application procedures, and  
descriptions of previous InvenTeams projects are available at the  
program's Web site.

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