KID Museum’s Invention Studio Program offers middle school students an immersive experience in hands-on, STEM learning.
Students participate in six sessions at KID Museum, gaining skills in fabrication, analog circuits, mechanisms, and micro-controllers, while collaborating with their peers on creating an interactive, multi-disciplined “invention” of their own design. KID Museum Educators work with small groups, guiding them through the invention process.
Invention Studio participants–all of whom come from schools with large numbers of low-income students–report increased self-efficacy and confidence, increased problem-solving and technical skills, increased interest in STEM, and greater academic success after completing the program.*
Invention Studio launched in 2015 in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools and Parkland Middle School. Since then, the program has grown, with seven schools participating in the 2016-17 school year, and more expected in the year to come.
* Findings based on a student survey developed at the PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard University.
KID Museum gratefully acknowledges the Montgomery County Maker Fund, the Rales Foundation, Glenstone, and the Trawick Foundation for their support of Invention Studio. We continue to strive to provide more middle school students with this type of hands-on, high-impact learning. If you are interested supporting this program, please contact Rob D’Amato at firstname.lastname@example.org.