In honor of National STEM Day on November 8th, we at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) are celebrating all the amazing educators we have had the privilege of partnering with over our 30-year history. Local instructors make all our education programs possible, creating unique learning environments where children feel comfortable and emboldened to take creative risks.
Educators understand that many careers of the future likely do not exist today, so the best way to prepare their students to excel is to equip them with 21st-century skills. Some of the more foundational of these include the ability to think critically, collaborate with others and develop a growth mindset. One of the most effective ways to encourage the development of these skills is to incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lessons and principles in the classroom. For courageous educators who embrace teaching methods that take concepts from textbooks and turn them into hands-on activities, they will begin to see their students apply these same problem-solving skills to other subjects as well.
The sooner teachers can introduce their students to this type of innovation, the more positive an effect it will have on their lives. Research from Opportunity Insights supports this, and found that increased exposure to innovation at an early age significantly increases their chances to innovate as they age. Because each of our education programs is crafted using stories and lessons from NIHF Inductees, educators who partner with us are inspiring the next generation of creators!
Thank you to all our wonderful education partners
Without the support and dedication of the teachers who expertly facilitate our STEM curricula both during the school year and through the summer, our mission to promote creativity and advance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship would not be possible. To learn how you can get involved, check out our website!