Invention Lesson Plans for Grades K-12
The Iterative Design Process
You will learn the steps to design thinking which is a fancy name for how to create a new invention.
What is the K-12 InVenture Prize?
The K-12 InVenture Prize was piloted in 2012 and is an extension of the Institute’s annual InVenture Prize. The program challenges K-12 students to identify real-world problems and design novel solutions through careful analysis, creativity, and the scientific method.
The K-12 InVenture Prize competition is the qualifying event to represent the state of Georgia at the National Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). This past year, 9 top teams were sent to NICEE where our students took home top honors.
What will we do in our Inventure Unit?
We will use design thinking to identify a problem and develop a unique solution. We will work together in teams to brainstorm solutions, search for comparable patents, make a prototype, and pitch your idea! We will use fun hands-on activities, and have the opportunity to get advice from real inventors and Georgia Tech faculty members. All program participants will have an opportunity to submit an entry to the State K-12 InVenture Prize competition in March. Teams chosen to compete with other Georgia students will do so in April.
We will keep all evidence of our thinking to create a logbook to document our process. In other words, KEEP EVERYTHING! Sketches (even if messy), notes, articles printed and all prototypes.