Convergence Education and its intersection with Invention Education

3:30-4:30 ET, Edison D room, Wednesday November 16, 2022
In-Person and Streamed online

In 2018, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) released Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education, a five-year STEM education strategic plan. This plan provides a pathway to engage students where disciplines converge by drawing on knowledge and methods across the disciplines to solve complex, real-world problems in STEM using innovation, creativity and initiative. Moderated by Dr. Jorge Valdes, Education Advisor at the USPTO, this panel will explore Convergence Education and its intersection with Invention Education. Jorge will be joined by colleagues leading the development and application of Convergence Education, and who bring deep perspective and experience on the nexus of Convergence and the field of Invention Education.

Program Advisor on STEM Education and Intellectual Property, United States Trade and Patent Office (USPTO)

Trey Smith
Teacher, School District of Philadelphia

Patti Curtis
Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin STEM Education Fellow @ US Dept of Education

Louie Lopez
Director, DoD STEM

Laurie Rosatone
Division Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center | Curriculum, Digital Media & Communications

Kelly Day
STEM Specialist at U.S. Department of Energy,

Cultivating a Diverse Invention Pathway: From Classroom to Career

9:00-10:00am ET, Edison D room, Thursday November 17, 2022

In 2018, Raj Chetty estimated we could quadruple the rate of innovation in the U.S. economy if we invested more equitably in the education of our “Lost Einsteins” – the millions of potential inventors (women, people of color, and individuals from low-income families) left behind in the economy. This lost potential perpetuates inequities, stifling innovation and economic growth. During this panel, we will hear corporate, research, educator, and public policy perspectives on how Invention Education can narrow these gaps and connect students to thriving careers.

Executive Director, Lemelson MIT Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Yamillet Payano
CEO, Sign-Speak

Dr. Gloria Banuelos
Government Affairs, Qualcomm

Eric Chung
Appellate and Public Policy Lawyer, Covington & Burling LLP