Fuel the Spark Blog

Explore our stories to fuel your passion for STEM learning and teaching. We will post regularly about news and updates, new programs, and stories about our inventors.

Training for YIP Teacher/Leaders Summer 2021

June 23, 2021

Young Inventors’ Program in Your Classroom A new teacher professional development opportunity that will introduce you to the YIP curriculum and how to explore strategies to bring engineering design into…

Read More
NNE-IC 2021 Winners

2021 NNE-IC Winners Announcement

May 28, 2021

Northern New England Invention Convention 2021 Winners Announced The Young Inventors’ Program® announces the winners for the 2021 Northern New England Invention Convention. The 35th region-wide event celebrated virtually once…

Read More
NNE-IC 2021 Awards Celebration

2021 Northern New England Invention Convention

May 7, 2021

Congratulations Young Inventors! Our Northern New England Invention Convention (NNE-IC) 2021 celebrates the thousands of students who take our challenge to invent. This year has been full of innovation and…

Read More
Invention close up

2021 Independent Student Invention Fair Winners

March 19, 2021

2021 Independent Student Invention Fair Winners The Young Inventors’ Program hosted our second annual Independent Students’ Invention Fair (ISIF)* on March 18th. We congratulate all of our independent student inventors…

Read More
STEMday Experiment

STEMdays: Fall in STEM on Wednesdays in October

October 5, 2020

We are here to fill your Wednesdays with STEM! Join us for STEMdays to fill your time between out-of-school, in-school, and hybrid learning. Fall into STEM will lead students through the…

Read More
YIP 2020 Northern New England Invention Convention

2020 Northern New England Invention Convention

July 1, 2020

Celebrating Youth Innovation The 2020 Northern New England Invention Convention (NNE-IC) took to the internet for the first time in our nearly 40 years of youth innovation. Our original plan…

Read More
Young Inventor Arthur Zhang with AWARE

Kid Inventor Friday Features Arthur Zhang

June 26, 2020

YIP’s Arthur Zhang Featured by The Henry Ford We were honored to participate in The Henry Ford‘s Kid Inventor Friday to feature Arthur Zhang and his award winning invention, A.W.A.R.E.…

Read More
Peeps for Peep Parachute Challenge

Peep Parachute Engineering | YIP@HOME

April 24, 2020

Engineer a Peep Parachute This YIP@HOME Challenge is all about testing and playing around with things that don’t work. It’s also about realizing that an experiment that doesn’t work the…

Read More
SCAMPER Brainstorming List

Design Cool Kitchen Tools with Brainstorming | YIP@HOME

April 8, 2020

How do you brainstorm new ideas? Learn how inventors come up with new ideas using the S.C.A.M.P.E.R. brainstorming technique. Each letter stands for a way to rethink or think up…

Read More
Build a Better Pencil YIP@HOME

Build a Better Pencil | YIP@HOME

March 30, 2020

How would you build a better pencil? Join Tina White, Director of the Young Inventors’ Program, and her friend Thomas as they explore ways to build a better pencil and…

Read More