Cypress, TX (June 27, 2016) Cypress Springs High School educator Mo Wong was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT Excite Award, given annually to a select group of educators across the country who have applied to receive a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant for the following school year and have been selected as finalists.
Award recipients participated in invention education learning opportunities as part of an all-expenses paid trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Lemelson-MIT Program’s annual EurekaFest, a multi-day invention celebration in mid-June.
“I was honored with the privilege to travel to MIT, and both the professional development and EurekaFest have inspired new insights and provided concrete strategies for me to continue working with our students,” Wong said in a Lemelson-MIT press release.
Educators were selected for this award based on their capacity to lead a year-long, open-ended invention project with students at their school. At EurekaFest, Excite Award recipients met and were inspired by current InvenTeams, teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that received grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Wong received opportunities to see the InvenTeam projects, learn more about the InvenTeam experience and attend hands-on workshops and discussions led by MIT professors about invention—unique technological solutions to real-world problems.
Wong, a science campus instructional coach at Cypress Springs, initiated the InvenTeam application process in the spring of 2016 and has been invited to submit a final application for the InvenTeam grant after attending EurekaFest that will be due in September.
She will work with the students and mentors throughout the summer to finalize Cypress Springs’ grant application. She will also reach out to community members with expertise in fields related to the problem that the students plan to address through a technological invention for insight and guidance on how their invention can best serve the community.
A prestigious panel of judges composed of educators, researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, as well as former Lemelson-MIT award winners, will assemble in the fall and select the final InvenTeam grantees.
More information on the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative and Excite Awards can be found on the Lemelson-MIT website at lemelson.mit.edu/inventeams.