We know school year planning is more challenging now than ever before. So we’ve designed flexible in-school, at-home and blended curricula for grade K-6 students and educators, supporting your district no matter how the school-year takes shape.
Featured photos were taken prior to COVID-19. All NIHF programs adhere to local and state social distancing guidelines.
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Blended In-School Curriculum for Grades K-6
Engage students with this cross-cutting school-year curriculum that aligns to State, Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards while offering the flexibility you need in these uncertain times. Complement existing lesson plans with Invention Project® to:
- Provide effective, hands-on activities for in-school, at-home and blended settings
- Support social-emotional learning (SEL)
- Spark imaginations through open-ended exploration of STEAM concepts
Includes 22.5 hours of programming and materials for up to 25 students per set.
Learn more about Invention Project’s® immersive invention education.
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Afterschool Experiences for Grades 1-6
Create an afterschool environment that helps students catch up and excel after the previous school year’s learning loss, promoting critical and creative thinking through purposeful, hands-on exploration. Implement Club Invention® to:
- Offer children insight and inspiration through a wide range of subject areas
- Encourage participants to take risks and develop new ideas
- Provide open-ended exploration to promote creativity and build 21st-century skills
Includes eight hours of programming per unit and materials for up to 25 students per set.
Learn more about transforming the afterschool experience with Club Invention®.
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Makerspace Enhancements for Grades 1-6
The open-ended exploration that makerspaces envoke is key to helping students learn how to think critically and adapt to rapidly changing environments. Elevate your makerspace experience with hands-on activities designed to help students take their ideas from design to prototype. Implement STEM Maker Lab® in your makerspace to:
- Teach young innovators to thrive in any learning environment
- Guide students to build confidence and demonstrate persistence
- Develop entrepreneurship and problem-solving skills through creative challenges
Includes 15 hours of programming and materials for up to 100 students per set.
Learn more about supporting students’ creativity with STEM Maker Lab®.
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Equip educators to confidently take on any challenge this school year may bring. Choose in-person or virtual professional development sessions to:
- Guide educators to reimagine how they reach and engage students
- Explore the power of invention education to encourage students through innovative experiences, no matter where learning takes place
- Share strategies and insights through hands-on webinars and workshops
Learn more about our effective Professional Development options.
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Build the Innovation Mindset
At the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), we believe every child can invent. Our programs help students build an Innovation Mindset — a growth mindset infused with lessons from world-changing inventors. Made up of the eight essential skills and traits shown in the image to the right, this mindset can empower children in any area of life. It is instilled through hands-on, open-ended exploration and strengthened through application.
Frequently Asked Questions
We design all our curricula to align with State, Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, each program unit has been carefully crafted to incorporate ELA and Math highlights, support social-emotional learning and provide opportunities for open-ended exploration of STEAM concepts.
We understand that in these challenging and uncertain times, flexibility is more important than ever before. We’ve developed our programming with this in mind, to ensure our curricula and activities can be adapted for in-school, at-home and blended learning environments. Each program applies best practices to maintain engagement and address potential learning loss from the previous school year through hands-on challenges that inspire imagination and creative problem solving.
We are committed to making our learning experiences accessible to all students. Each NIHF program provides engaging activities and hands-on materials that guarantee equitable learning, regardless of access to an internet connection. Watch this video to learn more about how NIHF has transformed our education programs to adapt to the current environment.
Yes, our cross-cutting programs incorporate a wide variety of subjects through project-based curricula. Our hands-on challenges guide students to confidently move from idea to prototype while making connections with an array of real-world issues.
NIHF provides everything you need to implement your program, including a step-by-step curriculum guide and all the materials necessary to bring the program to life for each of your students. Each of our programs also provide innovative teaching strategies and embedded educator support from start to finish.
Each of our programs is designed to ensure simple, flexible implementation and provide curricula that are easy to follow with step-by-step guides.
We believe social-emotional learning is essential, so we design each of our programs to encourage social awareness, self management, relationship skills, responsible decision making and self-management.
All NIHF education programs qualify for Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Migrant Education and Early Learning Challenge funding, as well as state and local district resource funding. Our education programs and professional development experiences can also be supported with CARES Act funding.
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