Hatch Receives Lemelson-MIT Excite Award


Hatch Receives Lemelson-MIT Excite Award
5/2/2017 4:17:46 PM

Harrison Junior High School educator, Mary Beth Hatch, was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT Excite Award. This award is given annually to a select group of educators across the country who have applied to receive a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant for the following school year and have been selected as a finalist. Award recipients participate in invention education learning opportunities as part of an all-expenses paid trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Lemelson-MIT Program’s annual EurekaFest, a multi-day invention celebration in mid-June.


“I knew applying for the InvenTeam grant would be a great opportunity for my students to make some of their best project ideas come to life. I feel honored and blessed to receive this recognition but I am even more excited for the possibility of receiving the grant to use with my students. I am really looking forward to attending the event at MIT in June and share ideas and learn from some of the best and brightest minds in education. I tell my students every year that they can compete with anyone and here’s their chance to prove it. I will be right there guiding and pushing them every step of the way. Just like with many of the projects that we do we will need continued support and assistance from our wonderful community.”


Educators are selected for this award based on their capacity to lead a year-long, open-ended invention project with students at their school. At EurekaFest, Excite Award recipients meet and are inspired by current InvenTeams, teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that received grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Mrs. Hatch will see the InvenTeam projects, learn more about the InvenTeam experience and attend hands-on workshops and discussions led by MIT professors about invention - unique technological solutions to real world problems.


“Excite Award educators who attend EurekaFest leave the event prepared to ignite an interest among high school students in science, math, engineering and invention,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “They gain new techniques to empower their students through problem solving and encourage a sustainable culture of invention in their school and community.”


Hatch, EAST teacher at the Harrison Junior High School initiated the InvenTeam application process in the spring of 2017 and will be invited to submit a final application for the InvenTeam grant after attending EurekaFest that will be due in September. Mrs. Hatch will work with the students [and mentors] throughout the summer to finalize Harrison Junior High School’s grant application. Hatch will also reach out to community members with expertise in fields related to the problem that the students plan to address through a technological invention for insight and guidance on how their invention can best serve the community.


A prestigious panel of judges composed of educators, researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, as well as former Lemelson-MIT award winners, will assemble in the fall and select the final InvenTeam grantees.


More information on the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative and Excite Awards can be found here.



Celebrating invention, inspiring youth


The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.


Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education. For more information, visit Lemelson.MIT.edu.




Based in Portland, The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives. Inspired by the belief that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time, the Foundation helps the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses to flourish. The Lemelson Foundation was established in the early 1990s by prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy. To date the Foundation has made grants totaling over $200 million in support of its mission. For more information, visit http://lemelson.org.



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