Project Invent

Start a Team


Lead real-world learning.
Inspire young innovators.

Project Invent is for disruptive educators who are ready to make learning about more than just standards and tests. Join our 2019-2020 cohort to lead school and community change.



As a Project Invent mentor, you receive training & support to lead your students to develop a working solution to a real problem in their community. Along the way, you will become a design thinking expert and project-based learning guru. 85% of our educators rated Project Invent in the top 5% of all professional development experiences they’ve been a part of. We take that high praise very seriously. A mentor’s experience involves:

a week of training
monthly support calls
dedicated advisor
assistance with finding a community partner
mentor community
Demo Day

We help you and your students succeed in going from idea to working product. You end the year with a powerful proof point of student-centered learning and strong expertise in design thinking, making, and project management.

Project Invent is the cornucopia of teaching programs — it covers so many skills and situations for students, and yourself, to grow and learn.
— Joel Voelz, Crystal Springs School

We train you.

We host summer trainings for you to learn the ins and outs of design thinking, engineering, and entrepreneurship for social impact so you know what to do in any invention situation.


We support you.

Invention is a messy process. Our advisors from Stanford, MIT, and more host monthly support calls and provide on-demand advising year-round to help you be the best mentor you can be.


We connect you.

We help pair each team with a community partner to work with throughout the year, going beyond a single interview and leading to innovations that truly matter.

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we award you.

In May, teams present their inventions to top investors and tech executives. This year, we’re hosting at Stanford University with thousands in funding from companies like Google and more.


Mentor Expectations


We’re looking for passionate educators like you to start a team. Accepted mentors commit to:

  • attending one of our summer institutes in San Jose (July 8-11, 2019) or Pittsburgh (June 18-21, 2019). Some travel scholarships available.

  • spending 2-4 hours/week on Project Invent from October to May.

  • paying the registration fee (TBD) to cover the summer training, monthly support, and assigned advisor. This money can come from your school’s professional development budget, fundraised, covered by the school, applied through grants, collected from students, or otherwise secured. If cost is prohibitive, talk to us.


How to Apply

Applications closed on April 15 for the 2019-2020 cohort.
If you’re interested in joining next year, subscribe to be the first to know when applications open in January 2020.

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who should apply?

We’re primarily looking for high school educators, but we’re open to other proposals. 90% of our mentors are high school educators, but our ultimate goal is to support incredible people in bringing an incredible opportunity to students, no matter who you are or what you do. 

i am a student. can i start a team?

No, we do not accept students at this time. If you want to be part of a team, share about Project Invent with a teacher and have them apply!

after applying, when will i hear back?

We’ll get in contact with you about 2-4 weeks after you apply with whether we would like to invite you to interview. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April, but the earlier you apply, the higher your chance of admission.

do i already need a project idea before i apply?

Nope! We’re just looking for passionate educators who are excited to be a part of Project Invent. After you are accepted, we will work directly with you to scope a community project and find local users/community partners to work with throughout the year. No need to worry about a concrete project idea or proposal now.

do i already need to have students recruited before i apply?

Nope! As long as you are passionate and dedicated to bringing Project Invent to your school, we are confident that you will find students who will feed off of your energy and also be excited about solving real world problems and building a better world.

is there a cost to becoming a Project Invent team?

Last year, our registration fee was $500 . This is to be paid after you apply and are accepted. This cost covers a 4-day in-person summer training, monthly advising throughout the year, and the opportunity for your students to present to top investors. We do expect you to cover travel costs for both the training and Demo Day (some scholarship available).

what are the trainings for?

The trainings aim to create a community of fellows and to teach best practices of design thinking, engineering, entrepreneurship, and project management to empower your students with grit and purpose. Community problem solving is a powerful way to teach students that they have the ability and responsibility to change the world. All four days will be very interactive and a great way to get to know your fellow mentors and experience the invention process yourself.

where are the trainings?

Last summer, we have two 4-day trainings. You can either attend our training in Pittsburgh (East Coast) or San Jose (West Coast).

South Fayette High School
June 17-20, 2019
Mcdonald, PA

Tech Museum of San Jose (Bowers Institute) 
July 8-11, 2019
San Jose, CA

are there any benefits to applying earlier?

The earlier you apply, the more likely it is for you to be accepted. Once we run out of fellow slots, we will close applications. Best bet is to apply as soon as you can!


Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 cohort.
Check back in January 2020.