What is The STEMIE Coalition?
The STEMIE Coalition (STEMIE), a new initiative that emerged from the principles of the highly successful 33-year old Connecticut Invention Convention, was founded to elevate K-12 invention and entrepreneurship education to a national level. The STEMIE Coalition will make an extensive, immediate, and measurable impact on youth invention and entrepreneurship by being an umbrella organization that “rolls up” efforts of 600 concurrently operating K-12 youth invention and entrepreneurship programs across the U.S. The STEMIE Coalition will be able to share best practices, evaluate programs and provide national data that will demonstrate invention and entrepreneurship as important parts of student learning and development that leads to future innovators.
The most public and unique facet of the STEMIE Coalition is the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE). NICEE is the first national annual celebration of K-12 inventors from across the U.S. Planned for May 20-21, 2016, at the USPTO headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Expo is an in-person opportunity for young inventors in grades 4-12 to display their creative and critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activations (an online virtual competition for grades K-3 will complement this). While the first event will focus solely on inventions – the National Invention Convention — a K-12 entrepreneurship competition will be added to the NIC after Year 1 to create NICEE – the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo.
Educators, employers, and policymakers agree the U.S. must grow the innovative thinkers resource in order to maintain a sustainable society. A national forum that promotes and rewards inventiveness is a key element to the innovation pipeline. Just as in any field, industry, or sport, youth exposed to a concept, skill set and ideas will continue to refine them as they become adults. This notion is held in the academic ecosystem, and is corroborated by research published in a variety of institutions, including and The American Psychological Association, The National Bureau of Economic Research, and, in the case of sports, The European Physical Education Review. The STEMIE Coalition’s national curriculum and programs – and the NICEE in particular — will provide a fertile training ground for the nation’s future innovators and entrepreneurs.
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