What is Inventucation™?
Inventucation™, as defined by the nationally-recognized organization, The National Museum of Education, Inc. , combines both the words "invent" and "education". The theory behind the creation of this word is that all invention is the result of an innovative, creative way of learning. Today's education is primarily based on curriculum, which stresses specific subject matter. This new "inventucation" technique is compatible with any existing curriculum in both the Arts and Sciences and trains the teacher to use a method by which creative thinking, critical thinking and innovation, with an emphasis on invention, are applied to existing educational concepts. The fusion of invention and scientific or artistic principles results in "inventucation".
We've helped more than 85 students and teachers turn
their educational inventions into products that are now on the national
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Inventucation™ Technique Training
The mission of the Inventucation™ Technique is to train teachers to view their existing curriculum in a new and innovative way. This training enables teachers to break the old paradigms that hamper them from seeing the full potential of their own subject matter, and therefore it empowers teachers to inspire students to use this subject matter not only as basic knowledge, but also as a springboard for lifelong creative/critical thinking. This encourages innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship-be it in the scientific or technological fields, or the arts (including writing, art, music, film, etc.)
The Inventucation™ Technique Training is best if conducted at an on-site training facility.
Continued training is reinforced:
- via the internet, with interactive dialogue between the trainers and the trainees.
- via distance learning video conferencing equipment, with follow-up e-mails, phone coaching, and hard copy mailings.
The primary training would require an initial on-site visit by the national trainers. This training can be customized or tailored to fit a specific curriculum, age group, class size, and time restriction. Typically the training will last a minimum of one week with follow-up via phone or internet support, including email and ongoing hard copy curriculum additions.
Fundamentals of the "Inventucation™ Technique Training"
The Inventucation™ Technique Training is a method of teaching that encourages students and/or teachers to think innovatively, using the curriculum being taught in school, and to find concrete problems which lead to inventions and/or products in the fields of Arts and the Sciences.
- is a frontrunner in Science, Math Technology, and Computer Science, which inspires the development of an invention.
- supports the creation of original works in the Arts ---such as artwork, poetry, film, music compositions, and architecture.
- aids in the development of a materials list needed to create a prototype.
- provides mentoring and coaching via online current computer techniques, e-mail support, phone discussion, video conferencing, or direct mail information to proceed from prototype to final product with the tutoring of a list of partner corporations.
- stimulates the use of research tools including a student built internet computer, library resources, and business mentors.
- evaluates student innovations which have possible marketability as either educational/teaching products or products that could be sold through other sources internationally.
- aids in the development of a business plan for selling the invention/product, including marketing, sales and accounting information.
- develops the spirit of entrepreneurship and the confidence to market a product with the possibility of using that product to form a business.
Educational and Cultural Outcomes
The Inventucation™ Training Technique focuses on developing innovation and creative/critical thinking skills. The primary educational outcome would be to enlighten teachers and students in any given curriculum by breaking paradigms and rethinking subject matter. This training emphasizes imagination and spontaneity.
This technique training will integrate seamlessly with any curriculum.
The major positive outcomes as a result of this training are:
- better attendance
- improved behavior
- higher national achievement scores
- a more engaged student in any given subject matter
- an awareness of how to create an international presence through invention
- an understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship
- confidence to compete in the global business market
Also, this training will foster student confidence and success. With higher self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning and specific subject matter, students will have more self-discipline and an increased enthusiasm for learning. Students will develop self-reliance, curiosity, and perseverance. They will learn teamwork skills and cooperation, as well as the ability to accomplish goals that they set for themselves.
These educational outcomes translate into qualities and skills that result in better employees in the workplace. With successful, confident, self-disciplined workers, the training needed in businesses will be considerably decreased.
The ultimate result of this training is to develop original educational products, which could help the teacher better explain the curriculum, or to invent commercial products, which could be marketable worldwide.
Edison's Lab™ will include basic equipment that is required for a start-up training program. This includes a specially developed DVD library to reinforce educational concepts, which will help to launch critical thinking and innovation (K-12). The Inventucation™ Technique Training Manual is part of the initial registration for the program. The most modern up-to-date interactive computer distance learning components will be needed to provide ongoing coaching and interaction between the students or trainees and the trainers.
Edison's Laboratory will consist of a dedicated area for developing invention prototypes.
Benefits for Teachers
- To increase the quality of teaching through a systemic change of attitude and awareness.
- To utilize the inquiry-based method of instruction.
- To encourage application of mathematics and science.
- To encourage collaboration between teachers, students, parents, school systems, college/university faculty and business, industry and community leaders, resulting in community unification.
- To build self-esteem in students.
- To diffuse and diminish classroom problems based on un-motivated, apathetic students.
- To improve teachers; skills in working with diverse learners.
- To enhance teaching and learning by inquiry at all academic levels.
- To include technology in teaching and learning in mathematics and science.
- To introduce new approaches to evaluation and assessment for inquiry-based instruction.
- To increase the scientific and mathematical literacy for all.
- To increase public awareness about the importance of mathematics and science education for the future.
Benefits to Students
- To motivate students to develop critical thinking skills.
- To teach students to solve real-life problems.
- To encourage students to work cooperatively; by working together students, teachers, and parents bridge the communication gap.
- To increase interest in the world around them.
- To increase awareness of inventions as solutions to problems.
- To learn and retain knowledge because they are actively involved in construction of solutions to problems.
- To use the inquiry and problem-solving skills to equip students to adapt to and be productive in an increasingly technological workforce and world.
- To use the problem-solving skills they have learned to continue the study of math and science.
- To use the problem-solving skills to transfer to other topics in mathematics and science, to other subjects, and to everyday life.
- To awaken a new view of the students' environment; to open a new way of looking at everything.
- To build confidence; students will believe in themselves, knowing that their ideas are worthwhile and significant.
- To inspire the entrepreneurial spirit and develop the business skills necessary to get a product to market.
Inventions on the National Market
Many students and teachers who helped solve
educational problems are featured in the Frey Scientific Catalog. FREY Scientific contributed
four pages of their catalog to announce an opportunity for
students and teachers to earn royalties and national recognition
by using their inventive skills. This program welcomes both
students and teachers to submit an original device that demonstrates
a difficult-to-understand science concept. If the device is
both effective and marketable, FREY Scientific is interested
in the possibility of paying a royalty in return for offering
it in their catalog. Each year, the FREY Scientific catalog
features more devices invented by students and teachers. Each
of these new products is identified by the Museum's logo.
Student- and teacher-developed devices are identified in the
FREY catalog with the National Museum of Education's logo
(picture shown with our former logo):
By extending to students the opportunity to make
positive changes in the educational process, we help promote them
from passive spectators to active participants. In this way students
may develop a sense of ownership in their own education.