New Generation of Inventors

New Generation of Inventors
New Generation of Inventors

Dayton High School Students Receive Invention Grant to Create a system to automate and monitor chicken coops.


Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Initiative Inspires a New Generation of Inventors


Dayton, Oregon, October 24th, 2017 — Dayton High School was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant in the amount of $9,000 to create an automated chicken coop capable of being remotely monitored to encourage more people to raise their own food. Dayton High School is one of 15 high schools nationwide to be selected as an InvenTeam this year.


InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. This initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program aims to inspire a new generation of inventors.


“The InvenTeams program represents the future,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program.  “We place an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to develop interest in these fields among youth.  With InvenTeams, our primary goal is to foster high school students’ passion for invention, in turn inspiring them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or math.”


Patrick Verdun, Innovations teacher at Dayton High School initiated the InvenTeam application process last spring and attended training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June to help prepare the final proposal.  A prestigious panel of judges composed of educators, researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, as well as representatives from the industry and former Lemelson-MIT Award winners, assembled this fall and selected Dayton High School as one of this year’s InvenTeam grantees.


Over the next nine months, the Dayton High School InvenTeam will develop its automated chicken coop. In June, the students will showcase a prototype of their invention at EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. EurekaFest, presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models and encourage creativity and problem solving.



ABOUT THE LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM

Celebrating invention, inspiring youth


The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.


Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education.


ABOUT THE LEMELSON FOUNDATION

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in 1992, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $175 million in grants and PRIs in support of its mission. For more information, visit http://lemelson.org.


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