When it comes to their science education, teens rate parental involvement as more important to generating their interest than educators or technology-related equipment and courses.

This is a key finding of the Lemelson-MIT Program's latest Invention Index, an annual nationwide survey of Americans' perceptions about inventing and innovating. The study contradicts society's image of teens as isolated technophiles, according to economist and Lemelson-MIT Board Chairman Professor Lester C. Thurow: "As our children...

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