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Featured Project:

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Building a Movement for Invention Education


The Goal:

Support The Lemelson Foundation’s commitment to advancing Invention Education as a field of learning and teaching within the broader education market through an annual K-12 Invention Education convening and an Invention Education Research Collaborative.


The Work:

Beginning in 2017, The Lemelson Foundation has looked to Uncommon to lead the planning, session design, and facilitation of its annual K-12 Invention Education convening. The gathering brings together Invention Education practitioners and advocates to spark new collaborations and commitments that build momentum for a movement of Invention Education for all, and to identify specific steps organizations and others can take to support that movement.

While our work with The Lemelson Foundation started with the convening, we also provide strategic support to the Invention Education Research Collaborative and other pilot projects for the Foundation to seed the movement. Given the annual convening’s size and breadth and the additional side projects, Uncommon is engaged with The Lemelson Foundation year-round.

Activities and deliverables over the past three years have included:

  • Partnering with the Foundation’s K-12 team to map out goals for the annual convening agenda, including the facilitation of monthly planning committee meetings

  • Facilitating the annual convening and leading post-session analysis

  • Providing strategic support and facilitation for the Invention Education Research Collaborative

The Results:

The annual convening has tripled in size in its first three years, growing from a group of 50 grantees and partners to a network of over 150 educators, administrators, advocates, and influencers. The goal of the program has shifted from participants getting to know each other and learning about each other’s work to action, with new collaborations and commitments being made within the community to further advance the Invention Education movement.