Supporting Next-Generation Inventors with STEM Learning

Date of broadcast: Tue, 02/26/19

Compared to their affluent peers, students from low-income backgrounds have less experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and rarely become inventors in adulthood, according to the study, Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation.

But more significant exposure to these subjects levels the playing field and raises student academic performance and career outcomes.

View this web seminar to learn how district leaders can promote collaborative, immersive learning environments that engage all students in STEM. The lead study author and doctoral student at Harvard University, as well as the VP of educational research and development at the National Inventors Hall of Fame, will discuss results of the study and methods for increasing student exposure to innovation.

Topics will include:

  • Solutions for building STEM interest, and confidence, in early grades
  • Reducing inequality and transforming gender roles in STEM learning
  • Leveraging mentorship and internship programs to boost exposure


Alex Bell
PhD student in economics
Harvard University

Alaina Rutledge
VP, Educational Research and Development
National Inventors Hall of Fame

Who will benefit: Administrators interested in improving STEM learning outcomes and the importance of exposure to innovation. Anyone may attend.