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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 for accepting our challenge to invent this year. With your innovative spirit, you dove right in to look at the world around you and then…

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YIP Joins UNH Leitzel Center

January 13, 2021

Young Inventors’ Program Joins the Leitzel Center at the University of New Hampshire The Young Inventors’ Program (YIP) and the University of New Hampshire are excited to announce a new collaboration that will increase resources and strengthen opportunities for K-12 students in the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). A 35-year-old, project-based…

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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 wonders of nature, things oozy and spooky and the science of candy as we celebrate the month of October. Activities are designed to be completed…

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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 was to host the event on March 28th for 750+ people at Southern New Hampshire University. When the inevitable decision came to cancel the in-person…

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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. (AI Enabled Web of Sensors for Anticipation of Ruinous Events). About Arthur Arthur, rising junior from Winchester, MA, says that he has been creating his…

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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 way you thought it would isn’t really a failure. For this activity, you will test and re-test your engineering and design skills as you design…

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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 challenge YOU to make one of your own. Tina will also share the invention story for Coca Cola. See below for lesson plan and materials.…

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Guide to Independent Students’ Invention Fair

Announcing Independent Students’ Invention Fair

January 23, 2020

A New Competition for Independent Inventors Drum roll….we are thrilled to announce our very first INDEPENDENT STUDENTS’ INVENTION FAIR! We have known all along that there are students who are learning about invention and developing their prototypes on their own. We often hear their wishes for opportunities for them to present their projects and qualify…

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YIP Leader Webinar: Teaching YIP

Teaching YIP Best Practices

November 19, 2019

YIP Leader Webinar Series: Teaching the Young Inventors’ Program In our first YIP Leader Webinar Series, veteran Young Inventors’ Program educators share their best practices for implementing the YIP curriculum and inspiring youth innovators. A special thanks to Chrissy Rapoza of Crescent Lake Elementary School in Wolfeboro, NH and Laura Vittorioso from Barrington Elementary School…

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YIP Leader Webinar: Changes to YIP

Introducing Changes to YIP

September 23, 2019

YIP Leader Webinar: Introducing Changes for 2019-2020 As the new school year begins, we are proud to introduce changes to the Young Inventors’ Program. Highlights include: New Curriculum & Program Guide We collected feedback from YIP leaders to refresh our curriculum. We heard the needs for more structured lesson plans to help deliver an invention…

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