Students & Young Inventors

Patent and Trademark Resource Center logoBroadcom Masters - A national competition administrated by the Society for Science & the Public (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), is a prestigious science and engineering competition for middle school students. For more information review the Broadcom MASTERS FAQs.

Collegiate Inventors Competition - National competition administrated by the National Inventors Hall of Fame for college students designed to encourage activity in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and creative invention and stimulate problem-solving abilities.

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge – Annual competition that challenges high school student teams to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to develop commercially-viable, technology-based products that address real-world issues. It is the Conrad Foundation’s flagship program. The Conrad Foundation was founded by Nancy Conrad, in 2008 and is based on the legacy of the late Apollo 12 astronaut and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad.

The Faces of Science - African American men and women who have contributed to the advancement of science and engineering.

Index of Black Inventors by State or Country of Residence, 1834-2008 - A searchable and sortable spreadsheet database of Black inventors viewable in Microsoft Excel compiled by Margaret J. Collins, Springfield Patent and Trademark Depository Library (PTDL) Representative, Illinois State Library (no longer a PTDL/PTRC), and formatted for Microsoft Excel by Eileen Fischlschweiger, Fort Lauderdale Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Representative, Broward County Main Library. This is one of the many useful resources found at the Patent and Trademark Resource Center Association (PTRCA) website.

The Invention Dimension (The Lemelson-MIT Awards Program) - Several awards programs all designed "to inspire a new generation of American scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs by celebrating, through awards and educational activities, living role models in these fields."

Kids Page (USPTO) - Fun and interesting patent and invention information for kids. Also provides links to other U.S. government websites for kids.

National Inventors Hall of Fame – Includes a Find An Inductee search page, and information on National Inventors Hall of Fame programs and activities including Camp Invention, Club Invention, etc.

Smithsonian Institution: Explore Your Interests - This site has many links on a variety of topics such as Science & Nature, Art & Design, and History & Culture.  Select from those categories to discover featured collections, stories, video, and more from around the Smithsonian or use the search bar to search for a specific topic of interest, such as invention.

Technology timeline from Explainthatstuff! - Timeline of invention or discovery from prehistoric times through the 21st century.  Includes articles on tools and machines, biofuels, printing, satellite navigation, and nanotechnology, to name a few.

Thomas A. Edison Papers - Life of Thomas Edison, his patents, companies, etc., from Rutgers University.

Trademark Soundmarks (from the USPTO Kids Pages) – MP3 files of selected trademarks that are embodied in sound and are available for listening.

U.S. Trademark History Timeline - Historical look at trademarks in U.S. history. The timeline also includes a look at the use of identifying marks from prehistoric times to the modern age. Administered by the University of Texas Libraries.

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