Project Invent
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Project Invent helps teachers inspire young innovators.

Project Invent is for disruptive educators who are ready to make learning about more than just standards and tests. Join our 2019-2020 fellowship to lead school and community change.


Become a champion of deeper learning.

As a Project Invent fellow, you will be part of our training and support community and lead your students from identifying a real problem to developing a working solution. Along the way, you will become a design thinking and making expert and learn the project management skills for effective student-driven problem-solving. Project Invent is supported by folks like David Kelley (founder of IDEO and the Stanford, so you can be confident that the experience will be transformative for both you and your students. 100% of our educators rated our summer training an 8 out of 10 or above. A fellow’s experience involves:

4-day summer training
monthly support calls
dedicated advisor
maker tools training
Demo Day showcase

Our support helps you and your students succeed in going from an idea to a working product, and you end the year with a powerful example of student-centered learning and strong expertise in design thinking, making, and project management.

Project Invent is one of the most rewarding and engaging opportunities I’ve encountered as a maker coach.
— Jack Perrin, Gorge Makerspace

We support you.

Invention is a messy process. Our advisors from Stanford, MIT, and more host monthly support calls and provide on-demand advising year-round to help you be the best mentor you can be.


We connect you.

We help pair each team with a community partner to work with throughout the year, going beyond a single interview and leading to innovations that truly make an impact.


We train you.

We host 4-day summer trainings for you to learn the ins and outs of design thinking, engineering, and entrepreneurship for social impact so you know what to do in any invention situation.

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we run awesome events.

In May, selected teams present their inventions to top investors and tech executives in Silicon Valley. Last year, we hosted at the Stanford and awarded $2000 in funding


Mentor Expectations


We’re looking for passionate folks like you to become a deeper learning champion within your school. Here’s a few things to consider before you apply. If you are accepted:

  • you will attend one of our summer institutes in San Jose (July 8-11, 2019) or Pittsburgh (June 18-21, 2019). Some travel scholarships available.

  • you will spend 2-4 hours/week to lead your team from October to May.

  • you will pay a $500 registration fee to cover the summer training, monthly support, and assigned advisor. You can secure this from your school’s professional development budget. If not, this money can also be fundraised, collected from students, covered by the school, applied through grants, or otherwise secured. If cost is prohibitive, talk to us.


How to Apply

If you’re interested in joining our 2019-2020 cohort, fill out the application below.

APPLY BY: April 15 (rolling admission)





who should apply?

We’re primarily looking for high school educators, but we’re open to other proposals. 90% of our mentors are high school educators, but our ultimate goal is to support incredible people in bringing an incredible opportunity to students, no matter who you are or what you do. 

i am a student. can i start a team?

No, we do not accept students at this time. If you want to be part of a team, share about Project Invent with a teacher and have them apply!

after applying, when will i hear back?

We’ll get in contact with you about 2-4 weeks after you apply with whether we would like to invite you to interview. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 2019, but the earlier you apply, the higher your chance of admission.

do i already need a project idea before i apply?

Nope! We’re just looking for passionate educators who are excited to be a part of Project Invent. After you are accepted, we will work directly with you to scope a community project and find local users/community partners to work with throughout the year. No need to worry about a concrete project idea or proposal now.

do i already need to have students recruited before i apply?

Nope! As long as you are passionate and dedicated to bringing Project Invent to your school, we are confident that you will find students who will feed off of your energy and also be excited about solving real world problems and building a better world.

what’s your acceptance rate?

Last year’s acceptance rate was 36%.

is there a cost to becoming a Project Invent team?

There is a $500 cost to register your school. This is to be paid after you apply and are accepted. This cost covers a 4-day in-person training over the summer (in Pittsburgh or San Jose), monthly and on-demand advising throughout the year, assistance to find a community partner, and the opportunity for your students to present in Silicon Valley to top investors. We do expect you to cover travel costs for both the training and Demo Day (some scholarship available).

what are the trainings for?

The trainings aim to create a community of fellows and to teach best practices of design thinking, engineering, entrepreneurship, and project management to empower your students with grit and purpose. Community problem solving is a powerful way to teach students that they have the ability and responsibility to change the world. All four days will be very interactive and a great way to get to know your fellow mentors and experience the invention process yourself.

where are the trainings?

This summer, we have two 4-day trainings. You can either attend our training in Pittsburgh (East Coast) or San Jose (West Coast).

South Fayette High School
June 17-20, 2019
Mcdonald, PA

Tech Museum of San Jose (Bowers Institute) 
July 8-11, 2019
San Jose, CA

are there any benefits to applying earlier?

The earlier you apply, the more likely it is for you to be accepted. Once we run out of fellow slots, we will close applications. Best bet is to apply as soon as you can!


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will close when all spots are filled (or April 15).