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.
- 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
- 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
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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