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LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM UNVEILS ENHANCED, REDESIGNED WEB SITE

Site Combines Engaging Activities and Enriched Resources for Exploring the World of Invention and Innovation

CAMBRIDGE, MA, January 28, 2003 — The Lemelson-MIT Program, a leading advocate for invention and innovation among American youth, today launched its newly redesigned Web site, http://mit.edu/invent/, providing educators, invention buffs and students a powerful online invention resource. In addition to presenting a new look and improved navigation, the site now includes more information on its invention awards and prizewinners, as well as enhanced interactive features and resources. The student-friendly Invention Dimension portion of the site encourages visitors to explore the world of invention, and learn about both famous and obscure inventors.

Site Features:
  • Downloadable applications and nomination forms for the Program's acclaimed awards and high school grants. The program is currently accepting proposals for the 2003 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam Grants.
  • "Brain Drain," an interactive quiz show-style game that tests a player's invention IQ, plus a monthly Trivia Challenge and other invention games.
  • Over 350 Inventor of the Week profiles, sortable by inventor's surname as well as invention categories.
  • The Inventorís Handbook — a guide that addresses questions from independent inventors and entrepreneurs via updated information on intellectual property protection, raising capital, applying for patents and commercialization.
  • Information about the Lemelson-MIT Program's public awareness and outreach initiatives.
  • Short video profiles on select Lemelson-MIT award winners, plus a brief video on the Lemelson-MIT Program.
  • A News Room with current features, an online press kit and archived press releases.

ABOUT THE LEMELSON-MIT PROGRAM Based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, the Lemelson-MIT Program was established in 1994 by the late independent inventor Jerome H. Lemelson and his wife, Dorothy. The Programís mission is to raise the stature of inventors and innovators and to foster invention and innovation among young people. It accomplishes this by celebrating inventor/innovator role models through outreach activities and annual awards, including the worldís largest for invention — the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The Lemelson-MIT Program is funded by The Lemelson Foundation, which supports other invention initiatives at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Hampshire College, the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance and the University of Nevada, Reno.

 

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