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Promoting STEM Role Models

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At the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), one of the things we’re most grateful for is the opportunity to connect young innovators with inspiring role models. When children see relatable role models accomplishing their goals, leading fulfilling lives and making a positive impact on the lives of others, they gain an understanding of their own potential to do the same.

By supporting NIHF, you’re contributing to our mission of recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. So much of this mission is wrapped up in our efforts to promote world-changing inventors as ideal career role models.


Identifying inventors as role models

The kinds of qualities demonstrated by great inventors are valuable not only for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) success, but for all areas of life. From creative problem-solving and collaboration abilities to empathy, persistence and confidence, the strengths and skills associated with successful inventors are extremely beneficial qualities for children to emulate.

Your support for NIHF helps make exceptional inventors, including our NIHF Inductees, more visible and accessible to young innovators. Thanks to you, children across the country are learning to see inventors as uniquely inspiring role models to whom they can genuinely relate.

Infusing education programs with the lessons of inventors

Support for NIHF’s education programs ensures more children have the opportunity to experience innovative STEM learning directly influenced by great inventors.

For over 30 years, the education experts at NIHF have collaborated with NIHF Inductees and have developed an unparalleled understanding of the invention process and its benefits. Lessons learned from these visionary inventors are built into each year’s curricula for programs including the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program. In addition, these Inductee role models make personal visits to program locations across the country, providing children with the unforgettable experience of interacting with STEM leaders who have created amazing inventions, built businesses, brands and industries, and improved lives around the world.

You can learn more about how innovative role models are making an impact on NIHF program participants by taking a look at our blog covering this past summer’s NIHF Inductee visits to Camp Invention. We also encourage you to read this inspiring letter to future inventors from Arlyne Simon, a biochemical engineer, patented inventor, author and Collegiate Inventors Competition® (CIC) Finalist who has also visited Camp Invention.


Empowering emerging inventors

In addition to connecting our education program participants with STEM role models, your support also provides opportunities for the country’s most innovative college students to network with and receive personal feedback from our NIHF Inductees.

Each year, graduate and undergraduate students from across the nation travel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for CIC, where they present their inventions to a panel of judges including NIHF Inductees. This event gives our CIC Finalists the unique, invaluable opportunity to gain personal advice and encouragement from the most inspiring and innovative role models.

We are grateful for every partner, sponsor, donor, competitor and judge for making each year’s event possible, and we invite you to learn more about this year’s CIC Winners.

Help us connect more children with innovative role models

Thank you for providing the next generation of innovators with the chance to learn from exceptional role models! Stay up to date with all NIHF programs and events, and find more opportunities to get involved, by following our NIHF and Camp Invention Facebook pages.

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