Hybrid & Virtual Learning Lessons for 2020-2021

Hybrid & Virtual Learning Lessons

We adapted our well-established Young Inventors’ Program® to meet the needs of our program leaders and teachers for the uncertain and ever-changing 2020-2021 school year. We developed these online tools to support teachers/leaders who will teach in-person as well as remote learning. The core elements of our curriculum guide, worksheets, and lessons are streamlined into the outlines below. Of course, you are welcome to adapt these materials to your students’ needs but if you are pressed for time or need to some inspiration, we have everything here for you.

Are You a Student?

Are you an independent student looking to invent? Please go to our Independent Student page for all of the resources that you need to invent with us. You may also sign-up (with parent/guardian’s permission) to receive messages about webinars and resources just for YOU! And you may participate in our Independent Student Invention Fair to present your final project in late winter/early spring 2021.

Before You Start: Register

Please let us know that you  are using the Young Inventors’ Program by REGISTERING HERE.

Why register? By registering your school/organization we will be able to provide more support and all the materials you need to run YIP. You will receive regular program updates, access to live webinars, and individual support from our team. This helps us report to our donors and sponsors who make it possible to offer YIP to you at no cost.

YIP 2020-2021: Teacher/Leader Directed Track

The new format includes 8 lessons organized into a framework centered on using the steps of the invention process to be led by the teacher/leader in-person or virtually for synchronous or asynchronous learning. The culmination of the invention project takes the form of a presentation at a showcase or invention fair event (in-person or virtually). Resources include:

  • Lesson Plans with recommendations for virtual learning
  • Hands-on and off-screen activities to engage students and apply content in real world contexts
  • Power Point Slides to complement lessons
  • Student Worksheets to support lessons
  • Lesson Scripts to guide teacher directed video presentations
  • Videos that you may use for inspiration or assign to your students to watch
  • YIP Inventors’ Journal- NEW formats available! Printed copies will be provided in YIP Packs, but also available for download to print or as a fillable PDF format.

Lesson 1: Understanding Design & Steps of the Invention Process

Lesson 2: Problem Solving

Lesson 6: Intent to Invent

Lesson 7: Design, Build, Test Cycle

More Resources

  • Full Curriculum Guide includes
    • Extension activities & additional worksheets
    • Instructions on how to prepare an Invention Fair
    • Guidance on judging projects including recruiting & orienting judges, scoring projects & selecting winners
  • Teacher Resources Page

Coming Soon

For schools/programs who register (it’s free!)

  • Resources on how to organize a virtual invention fair
  • Professional development & best practice sharing webinars
  • Digital display boards for student presentations


Let us know that you are using YIP and we will send you program updates, more resources, and access to live STEMinars for you and your students.


Inventor's Journal Cover Image 2020-2021

Inventor’s Journals

There are two options for Inventor’s Journals

Coming Soon

  • Digital display boards for student presentations