Innovation in the Classroom

To say classrooms have evolved over the past 30 years is an understatement. Thirty years ago, a teacher was considered innovative and thinking out of the box if she signed up for one of the televisions stored in the library, carefully rolled it on the cart down the hall, and brought in a VHS clip[…]

Eric Stoudnor, Altoona Area High School Teacher

Teacher Feature: Eric Stoudnor, Altoona Area High School

Eric Stoudnour has been teaching at Altoona Area High School for over 25 years. As a chemistry teacher, he’s been showing teens the wonders of science and as a teacher always looking for new ways to inspire his students, he is one of the first adopters of the Inventionland Institute Curriculum. He doesn’t just offer[…]

Burgettstown Sounds Off on the Top Five Reasons for Schools to Pursue Inventionland’s Real-World Inventing Course

Burgettstown Area School District is tackling the need for STEAM education and innovation in the classroom. The Burgettstown Area School District recently was just one school whose high school students recently completed their Inventionland Invention Contest pitches as part of our Inventionland Innovation Course! Assistant to the Superintendent Mandi Figlioli sat in as a judge during[…]

Charleroi Area Middle School Students Set to Explore Inventionland STEAM Curriculum This Fall

An educational shift has had school districts interested and moving full STEAM ahead in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Thanks to STEAM-related grants and funding, many schools now have an opportunity to bring innovation into their classrooms. From innovation labs and makerspaces to unique cross-curricular experiences, it’s evident that classrooms[…]

Mount Union Area School District Experience at Inventionland Sparks Stronger Commitment to STEAM Initiatives in the Classroom

“I was surprised by the number of products that are released every day (from Inventionlnd). That statistic really impresses me! My students were surprised at the endless possibilities of careers that [prepare people to] work at [innovative companies like] Inventionland. They were under the impression that they had to be an engineer only to work[…]

Two New Student Groups are Springing into Real-World Inventing!

OK, it may be just a bit early to start touting spring’s arrival; but, as the season of renewal nears, we’re excited to announce that two new student groups will be giving our inventing curriculum a fresh new start! Recently we welcomed a group of twelve high school students from The Kiski School to our creative[…]

Warmest Wishes for Happy Holidays and an Innovative New Year!

  In all of the hustle and bustle this busy holiday week can bring, we want to pause for a moment to wish everyone a safe, happy holiday and a very merry New Year. As we celebrate the season with our family and friends, we’re able to reflect back on what an exciting year 2015[…]

What a Difference a Few Months Makes! See a Custom Makerspace We Created in Action!

It may be one thing for us to explain our capabilities in designing a creative space that allows students to immerse themselves in hands-on, project-based learning. But, to see a group of students doing just that in a space that we played a major role in creating takes all that talk to an entirely new[…]

A Sneak Peek at What’s in Store for 2016!

The gift-giving season is underway and hordes of deal-seekers may be taking advantage of Cyber Week sales to wrap up their holiday shopping. But, here at the Inventionland Institute, we’ve been keeping our own little surprise under wraps. Today, we’re dropping a hint about an exciting holiday-time happening that we’ve been working on. We’ve started our New[…]

Sending Our Sincere Thanks to All Educators Out There!

It’s American Education Week and you know what that means… it’s time to celebrate all of the educators, administrators and education support professionals out there! So, from everyone at the Inventionland Institute to all of the teachers, assistants, administrators, bus drivers, food service workers, maintenance professionals and others who serve in schools across the nation… this[…]