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What Invention And Entrepreneurship Add To STEM

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

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Here’s how invention and entrepreneurship fit into STEM education

The STEMIE Coalition aims to impact youth invention and entrepreneurship by acting as an umbrella organization for 600 K-12 youth groups across the U.S. and sharing best practices, evaluating programs and offering national data around invention and entrepreneurship efforts.

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A Focus on Invention

With an eye toward encouraging invention and entrepreneurship among the nation’s K-12 students, the STEMIE Coalition is designed to draw together a range of best practices and initiatives to fuel student interest in science and technology. The Coalition connects 600 K-12 youth groups for shared learning and best practices, as an offshoot from the Connecticut Invention Convention. How could your students get connected?

The STEMIE Coalition focuses on the scientific method, engineering design, invention and entrepreneurship. One key component is a national competition for students in 4-12 classes to display their creations. Partnerships of all shapes and sizes can make a big impact on learning opportunities and outcomes.