Fueling the Spark of Genius

The Young Inventors’ Program inspires the next generation of STEM leaders by fueling excitement for innovation. We are recognized internationally as an educational resource center dedicated to promoting creativity, invention, and scientific achievement. We are true to our founding principles to be an expert and accessible resource to inventors, entrepreneurs, and educators worldwide. The Academy’s mission is to fuel the spark of genius by exciting today’s youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Our Mission

The mission of the Young Inventors’ Program is to provide programs, pathways, and information to develop the intellectual capacity, critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving abilities of all students so that they may become contributing, and forward-thinking members of the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and the invention community.

Our Team

The YIP’s Board members include entrepreneurs, inventors, educators, and others concerned with nurturing and supporting innovation. Our staff include educators and former STEM practitioners who are all dedicated to helping all learners. Learn more about Our Team.

Our Founder

Dr. Robert H. Rines, YIP founder and an inventor himself, was inducted into America’s National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1994 for two inventions, High Resolution Sonar and Radar. He passionately believed that every child and young adult is an untapped reservoir of creativity and inventiveness.

Dr. Rines’ work began during World War II at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Radiation Laboratory where he and others secretly worked on the Microwave Early Warning System. His patents underlie nearly all the high-definition image-scanning radar used to provide early-warning, weapons fire control, and missile detection radars during the Persian Gulf war. His inventions were instrumental in locating the Titanic and the Bismarck and are also used in medical instrumentation for noninvasive ultrasound imaging. But Dr. Rines is probably most widely known for his quest for “Nessie,” the Loch Ness monster, as he led multiple excursions and scientific sonar searches for the creature in Scotland.