A movement to instill invention, innovation and entrepreneurial skills in today’s students is growing across the nation.

The STEMIE Coalition aims to impact youth invention and entrepreneurship by acting as an umbrella organization for 600 K-12 youth groups across the U.S. and sharing best practices, evaluating programs and offering national data around invention and entrepreneurship efforts.

It emerged from the principles of the Connecticut Invention Convention, which was founded to instill in Connecticut’s children critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through invention and innovation.

The coalition takes those principles to the next level, aiming to elevate K-12 invention and entrepreneurship education to a national level.

One of the largest components of the STEMIE Coalition is the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo, which is an annual in-person opportunity for young inventors in grades 4-12 to display their creative and critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activations. An online virtual competition for grades K-3 is planned to complement the convention.

Next page: The coalition’s goals for students and teachers

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