The STEMIE Coalition At A Glance

The STEMIE Coalition

The STEMIE Coalition (STEMIE), a division of The Henry Ford, a 90-year old 501(c)(3), is a global alliance of organizations teaching students real-world problem-solving and creative skills through invention education and entrepreneurship activities.

  • Over 35 global affiliates and partners in invention, entrepreneurship, and innovation programs
  • Over 100,000 K-12 students trained each year in core invention and entrepreneurship skills, with this number growing by almost 50% a year
  • More than 2,500 teachers trained annually in how to teach innovation to students

The STEMIE Coalition members hold invention competitions across the U.S. and have reach into STEM schools and programs in almost all 50 states. Through its programming, K-12 students are introduced and instructed in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and invention. Major U.S. corporate sponsorships include Stanley Black & Decker and United Technologies, and major foundations like the Paul G. Allen and Lemelson Foundation. The annual National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo celebrates our young participants with programming and competitions at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, MI.

The STEMIE Coalition convenes a community of practice around invention education, including its Steering Committee, comprising two dozen invention education leaders around the U.S. It also brings invention education stakeholders together at an annual National Youth Invention and Entrepreneurship Educators Summit to share best practices and advance STEMIE’s mission.

STEMIE Coalition members and its supporters understand the important role invention and entrepreneurship education has in developing youth to tackle 21st-century problems — including social, environmental and sustainability issues. It is STEMIE’s organizational goal to grow Invention Convention education across the U.S. to 10 million students annually –- an audacious but achievable goal.


STEMIE “At A Glance” Pictures

STEMIE “At A Glance” Videos

How STEMIE Celebrates Young Inventors at “Nationals” (Multiple Perspectives)

Why Invention Education? (Multiple Perspectives)

How Does Invention Convention “Work”? (Teachers, Organizer Perspectives)

Invention Convention is Life Changing (Teacher, Organizer Perspectives)

Inventing is for Everyone (Parent, Teacher, Organizer Perspectives)

STEMIE Overview Information

STEMIE Overview Presentation

The Rise of STEMIE White Paper

City Jump-Start Program (doc) (link)

STEMIE Success Stories

Disney Channel “Make Your Mark” — Mallory Kievman, Hiccupops (1:30)

New Yorker Magazine — Kid Inventors Tell All (11:35)

STEMIE In the News

Recap: National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo 2018

Selah 4th grader, entrepreneur goes to national competition for invention

Students from around the state showcase their inventions

Connecticut students heading to an invention convention

Michigan Museum To Host Global Gathering Of Youth Inventors

8-Year-Old Inventor And His Dog Bowl Are Finalists At National Invention Convention

Ann Arbor teen wins award at national invention convention

Young inventors represent Tampa Bay at national convention

Cobb students win big at invention convention

Game On: Local student wins national competition

Watsonville 5th Grader Wins Award

Ridgefield inventors take home awards from national convention

Local fifth-grader wins award at national invention competition

The 2018 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) was featured in over 80 news journals and media outlets. For a full listing, view here.

STEMIE Social Content



YouTube Channel

NICEE Support Videos

Judging at Invention Conventions

Pitch Video Tips (Professor Prototype)

More Info

For a list of STEMIE funders, sponsors, and partners, please view:

For a list of STEMIE affiliates, please view: Affiliated Programs Network

For a list of the STEMIE Steering Committee, please view: STEMIE Steering Committee

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