One of the major challenges presented to educators and administrators this school year is the uncertainty introduced by COVID-19. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to provide helpful guidelines and best practices when it comes to reopening this fall, it’s undeniably difficult to plan for every potential scenario.
To help make this academic year a success, our team of education experts at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® has developed flexible, easy-to-implement programs that reinvent learning and instruction. Read below to learn more about how these exciting opportunities support districts no matter how the school year takes shape.
Invention Project K-6
With the ability to stand alone or complement existing lesson plans, Invention Project® K-6 provides educators everything they need to inspire their students through the act of inventing! Aligning to State, Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, this hybrid program supports social-emotional learning and open-ended exploration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) concepts with 22.5 hours of hands-on activities for in-school, at-home and blended learning environments.
Our afterschool program, Club Invention®, helps students in grades 1-6 catch up and recover from last year’s learning losses, and from COVID-19 slide. By encouraging participants to take risks and develop new ideas, this program also builds confidence and helps children adapt to unpredictable situations. We have in-person and virtual formats available for this hands-on, out-of-school time program.
Innovation Exploration Kits™
Building on our 30 years of experience developing hands-on invention education, our Innovation Exploration Kits™ include everything students need to complete engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities. Equally effective in blended and at-home settings, these kits help develop the crucial 21st-century skills students need to thrive during uncertain times.
Support Hybrid Learning with CARES Act Funding
Last March, in response to the disruptions COVID-19 has caused in school districts across the country, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Specifically, $13.2 billion of this funding was earmarked for elementary and secondary school usage.
As each district has its own set of unique challenges, educators have been given the flexibility to use these resources most effectively. Our education programs qualify for other funding sources as well, and administrators should feel confident that there are resources available to help them address their specific needs. If you believe your students would benefit from an engaging STEAM curriculum inspired by the world’s most influential inventors, we invite you to learn more by visiting our website or contacting us today!