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USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute 2016 - Positively Inspirational!

USPTO National Summer Teacher Institute 2016 - Positively Inspirational!

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For the third year in a row, the US Patent & Trademark Office is holding its National Summer Teacher Institute (, this year at Michigan State University, from July 17 - 22. This is my first time at the event, and though I'm only here one day, I can honestly say these folks, from organizer Joyce Ward at the USPTO to the last attendee - share the same passion for student empowerment and learning and innovation through making, creating and being generally awesome. Which is why I wanted to start a conversation in this space, with attendees here this week, and within the larger Edutopia community in general, because in my view at least, Edutopia is the center of the known universe for passionate teachers who are working to help their students change the world. I was thrilled to see practically EVERY HAND in the room go up when I asked during my talk this morning if anyone was familiar with Edutopia. I've had the privilege of writing a series here about my experiences in the last year in my program ( and I enjoyed sharing a little about what we're doing. For more, visit

My questions to you:

1) What support do YOU NEED to help bring your "maker" dreams to life in your school?

2) How might you directly (or how are you) leverage your community (parents, businesses, other educationally oriented institutions) in the work you are doing in school?

3) What kind of experience are you trying to create for your students, and why?

Ready ... GO! ​

Kevin Jarrett
Middle School STEAM Teacher
Technology, Engineering & Design Program
Northfield Community Middle School

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