I3– Investigate! Invent! Innovate!™ has three components:
- Investigate: Students first investigate the scientific principles related to developing a new idea.
- Invent: students identify a problem in their own lives and invent a product or process based on the scientific principles they’ve just learned. Guest experts act as a resource to help mentor the students.
- Innovate: The final step involves the commercialization process. They learn about bringing their inventions to market and have an opportunity to showcase them to the public at the annual Invention Convention held in April across many cities in Canada.
The Invention Conventions
are the highlight of the program, where students have the opportunity to present their inventions at annual conventions held in Toronto, North Bay, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton each spring.
How the I³ - Investigate! Invent! Innovate!™ Program Works
program is an integral part of the curriculum and allows the teachers to use their normal repertoire of teaching strategies. Teachers will have students:
- Work collaboratively in groups to brainstorm and problem solve using the Scientific Method
- Research online and in the local and school libraries
- Develop and conduct surveys
- Plan and construct their invention and display boards (hands on group work)
- Participate in a presentation and/or Socratic lesson
program integrates learning across a variety of subjects such as language, math, science, visual arts, information technology and history.
I3 Program Calendar Action Plan
- September: The Invention Convention venues are determined.
- September and October: Recruitment and registrations begin.
- Early December: Professional Development workshop for teachers, plus introduction to materials.
- December and January: TLP Program Managers visit schools to present and “kick off” the program.
- February: teachers introduce the program to students, form the groups of 3-4 students and ask students to think about problems or issues in their daily lives and surroundings.
- Early April: Students begin to finalize their inventions or innovations and plan their displays for the Invention Convention in late April.
- April: In-school Invention Conventions are held in all schools and all student groups participate. Parents, staff and students are invited.
- Late April: students are selected to attend the citywide Invention Conventions in major cities.
SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, April 24, 2014: Invention Conventions will be held across Canada. Stay tuned for more details.
I3– Investigate! Invent! Innovate!™ Regional Program Managers:
National Manager and GTA - John Reynolds
Phone: (416) 915 7521
British Columbia - Fran Jones
Calgary - Bruce Gale
Calgary - Garry Jeffrey
Edmonton – Sid Shugarman
New Brunswick - Andrew Hopper
Northern Ontario – Olive Ridler
Ottawa, Ontario – Margaret Skinner