Registration open for USPTO’s 2023 National Summer Teacher Institute

For the first time since 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) is back in person for the 2023 session. This is a unique professional development experience that enables teachers to learn how to unlock the power of intellectual property (IP) and STEM to give students the skills, mindset, and confidence they need to succeed. Applications for this year’s program, which will take place July 16-21 in St. Louis, Missouri, are being accepted until March 31, 2023.

  • Work with United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts, inventors, university faculty and NSTI teacher ambassadors to explore IP, innovation, and STEM concepts
  • Access state of the art labs to design and build prototypes as part of a week-long invention project
  • Collaborate and share best practices with educators from around the country
  • Receive teaching materials, lesson plans, and activities to take back to the classroom

One of our goals with NSTI is to make the concept of IP more accessible to a broader audience, especially teachers and students in K-12 education. Invention education is essential for every student and is for every student. The world is constantly changing, and students who have critical thinking skills, the ability to pivot, and the ability to identify and solve their own problems are essential to our nation’s continued growth and prosperity.

WHO: Eligible K-12 teachers nationwide (eligibility information found here)

WHEN: July 16-21, 2023
Applications due by March 31, 2023 (apply here)

WHERE: St. Louis, Missouri

EVENT PAGE: National Summer Teacher Institute | USPTO

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