Creating an Innovation Community
in Your K-5 Classroom
Iowa STEM Scale-Up
More information about the Book of Ideas
Olivia introduces students to the Book of Ideas
Using the Book of Ideas in your classroom
Ideas come out of nowhere-and yes-they DO matter. You'll be amazed at the number of ideas you come up with while doing your homework, listening to your teacher, watching your mom or dad cook, playing with friends, or just walking down the street.
Just don't forget to write them down to help them grow!
Some of the coolest inventions and companies were created and launched by kid inventors and entrepreneurs. Some didn’t want to wash the cat food spoon. Some wanted to help people to eat. Others wanted to write in the dark, talk under water and keep their crayons from breaking.
More information about the Cool Kid IP Challenge
The Cool Kid IP Challenge blends key elements of a business plan competition and Invention Convention—taking the holistic approach from idea conception to commercialization.
Over the course of the challenge students work in teams to:
The six core lesson topics highlight the Engineering Design Process and actively incorporate key elements of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, culminating in a live pitch and prototyping event.
Renee Patti discusses the long term effect the challenge had on her students. Renee teaches in Troy, NY at a school where most of the students are on free or reduced cost lunch.
Students presenting their inventions and businesses at the inaugural challenge.