What Comes Next?
As a Biology interested in Invention education, I am challenged to meld the two fields. The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams program allowed me to apply invention education after school with a group of motivated students. Between October of 2017 and June of 2018 my InvenTeam Students at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Florida developed an invention called the Mosquito Agitator through the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program. The Mosquito Agitator is a device designed to help reduce the spread of mosquito-vectored diseases by affecting mosquitoes in the aquatic stages of their life cycle.
After attending and presenting at EurekaFest, we were charged about the next steps of the invention process. We do not have a course on intellectual property at our school, however, through InvenTeams Program, my students learned about patents as a way to protect their ideas. In September 2018 we learned that we were accepted into the Microsoft #MakeWhat’sNext Patent Program. The goal of the #MakeWhat’sNext Patent Program is to bridge the gender gap among inventors applying and receiving U.S. patents.
We are excited about the next steps of the project and applying for a patent. In Future posts, I will chronicle our team’s experience in applying for a patent for the Mosquito Agitator.
Special Thank you to the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program and Microsoft’s #MakeWhat’sNext Patent Program for the supporting the Northeast High School InvenTeam and for the opportunity to Invent and protect our Intellectual Property!