Science Teachers

Beyond classroom and individual learning resources, MIT sponsors two programs for high school science teachers.  The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant program provides an unparalleled opportunity for high school students to cultiviate their creativity and experience invention.  The Science and Engineering Program for Teachers provides a week-long professional development opportunity.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Grant Program

InvenTeam students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to develop invention prototypes. Interactive, self-directed learning coupled with STEM curricula are essential for experiencing invention.

Students learn to work in teams, while collaborating with intended users of their inventions. They partner with organizations in their communities to enrich their experiences. Most of all, students learn to move forward through challenges and celebrate "Eureka!" moments.

After the InvenTeam experience, inventive cultures often continue to prosper at schools through further development of InvenTeam prototypes or the pursuit of new invention projects.

Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams are comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors that receive up to $10,000 each (or $2,000 for JV teams) to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. STEM educators from the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and territories of the U.S. may apply.

The initial application is available online each October and due at the end of February for grants to be awarded for the following academic year. The final application is due in September.

Students, teachers, and mentors representing each InvenTeam travel to Cambridge, Mass. in June for the Lemelson-MIT Program's EurekaFest, a multi-day celebration of the inventive spirit. InvenTeams present and showcase their prototypes at EurekaFest’s public exhibit.

Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT)

Southern California Teachers - Apply for Sponsorship for a One-Week Training Program at MIT

The MIT Club of Southern California would like to recognize middle or high school math/science teachers who are making a difference by providing support to attend a one-week professional development program at MIT.

We invite science or math teachers from the Southern California area to apply for sponsorship to the 2017 MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (MIT SEPT) program held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Applicants must be teaching full-time at the middle or high school level. All expenses (including travel) will be covered for teachers selected.

The one-week session will be held June 25-July 1, 2017.

This program brings educators to the MIT campus for one week of intense study with MIT faculty and scientists who work at the leading edge of research.  We will select a winner based on enthusiasm as an educator,ability to engage students in science and technology, and interest in making a difference in our community.

For completion of the 40-hour program, participants will receive equivalent professional credit in the form of 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 40 Professional Certification Program Credits (PCPs) from MIT.  

Participants will also become members of the Network of Educators in Science and Technology (NEST) alumni network, which offers many valuable benefits. More information may be found on the NEST website

In order to be considered for the MIT Club of Southern California scholarship for the MIT SEPT summer program, please complete the program application by Friday, February 17, 2017. Please separately notify MIT CSC representative Adam Miller of your application at