STEAM Lesson Plan: The Marshmallow Tower

The Marshmallow Tower: Grades 5-6 In this lesson, students will use marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti to create a freestanding tower. The goal of this lesson is to help students understand engineering and the importance of teamwork. Materials Needed Per Group 20 sticks of spaghetti one yard of tape one yard of string one marshmallow Preparation[…]

Mysteries of The Teachers’ Lounge

As a student, the teachers’ lounge was a place of mystery and intrigue (and, depending on when you went to school, there may have been a faint smell of cigarette smoke when you walked by). If you ever got to peek inside the lounge before getting hurried away, you saw a strictly grown-up area devoid[…]

You’re Not A Teacher

Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not a teacher. Sure, you spent four-plus years learning about best practices and pedagogy and have created captivating lessons that align with state standards and benchmarks, but…you’re not a teacher. A teacher instructs, plain and simple. If you were trying to teach yourself how to use your[…]

Keep the Magic of Summer Alive

Based on the thousands of social media posts on our newsfeeds…school is officially back in session. Sure, kids are dressed to the nines and have shiny new notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils to mark the occasion, but they also still have…summer energy. You know summer energy. It’s different. It’s magical. It’s based on carefree days[…]

Discovery Learning Method

It’s a picture we’ve seen all too often: an elementary school student slumped over at his desk, bored and restless, his face barely supported in his hands. He is trying not to fall asleep as his teacher drills content about basic anatomy: the heart is here, the lungs are here, the kidneys are here…The teacher[…]

Innovation Gears

The Next Day of Innovation

People may be born with creativity, but innovation is a craft which must be taught. Here at Inventionland, we believe anyone has the potential to be a great innovator, if given the proper tools to succeed. To that end, we’ve developed the Inventionland Institute Innovation Course, designed to unlock a student’s potential by engaging them[…]

Co-Learning In Education

Raise your hand if you can remember sitting in a row of desks while silently memorizing passages from a textbook or listening to a 40-minute lecture. Go ahead and put your hand down now. Even that is an outdated method of getting your point across. Education is constantly evolving as we whittle down to the[…]

Next Generation Makers Shine at Pittsburgh’s Avonworth School District

  Recently, the self-a-STEAM was abundant at Pittsburgh’s Avonworth Middle School. A cohort of eighth grade students completed real-world inventing coursework that derives directly from Inventionland’s proven nine-step inventing method. Facing a shark-tank panel that included Inventionland founder and CEO, George Davison, and Inventionland Creationeers, Tim and Tess, over 20 student groups presented new product[…]

Bringing Transformational Value to Students & Teachers Alike

At the core beginning of Inventionland, CEO and founder Mr. George Davison set out to transform the ordinary work environment by creating a unique space that would inspire. As we fast forward to present day, Inventionland has become the hub for what now serves as a source for not only forward-thinking ideas and innovation, but[…]

Copy This! The Apollo Ridge School District is Prepared to 3D Print!

Spring starts this weekend and we think we can speak for pretty much everyone when we say that we’re more than glad to welcome it and all the new beginnings it brings! Speaking of starting something new, one Pittsburgh-area middle school recently got a new beginning of their own when an administrator and a group[…]