The Lemelson-MIT JV InvenTeams initiative offers an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultivate their creativity and experience invention outside of a traditional classroom setting. This national initiative is in its second year, the Xi Chapter is thrilled to launch the program for the first time in Waller County.
Xi Chapter’s service initiative focuses on education, and the active body decided that serving as an educator for this program was an integral way to make a difference within the community. Waller High School has a lack of students who pursue STEM fields after graduation. The After School Centers on Education ™ (ACE) Site Coordinator informed the Service Officer and President that the high school students do not have the resources nor enough mentors to encourage them to pursue this avenue.
JV InvenTeams students use hands-on problem solving skills to apply lessons from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields as they invent their own prototypes for a variety of different assignments. JV InvenTeams currently has 10 programs operating in the state of Texas, with Waller High School being one of the newest schools to offer the program. The students at Waller High School are glad that KDChi and Iota Phi Theta joined forces to make this dream a reality.
Co-educators Suzanne and DeMarr are the only college students who serve as educators out of the ten programs operating in the state of Texas. Suzanne represented KD Chi at the JV InvenTeams Professional Development Seminar hosted by Invention Education Associate, Liza Goldstein, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At this conference, the KDChi representative learned techniques and shared experiences with educators from around the state.
Suzanne alongside her co-educator explained the importance of educational support and motivation within the STEM fields, especially for female students. As an advocate for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) as well as the President of the Xi Chapter, Suzanne invited high school girls to attend the Society of Women Engineers Banquet at Prairie View A&M University.
The girls were invited to attend the banquet to network with professional women in STEM fields, to speak to female college students about pursuing higher education and to learn about professional development.
Xi Chapter, Prairie View A&M University
has partnered with the Lambda Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. to implement the Lemelson-MIT JV InvenTeams program at Waller High School. This afterschool program is intended to inspire a new generation of inventors by providing students with the resources to further their education through innovative profects.
Submission by Kappa Delta Chi, Xi Chapter
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