Houston Inventors Association & Young Inventors Showcase offers Houston’s Young Professionals Mentoring Opportunities
Sean Gilmore, now a Junior at Strake Jesuit, invented, as a sixth grader, a “Slumber Separator Tent” that sits on a bed. He called it “The Sleepover Bed Tent”. Flash forward to today, and Sean is running a thriving business. He recently negotiated a partnering relationship with a major hospitality group.
Sean is a successful graduate of the Young Inventors Showcase (YIS), now in its 30th year. YIS is a STEAM-based curriculum, taught in K-8 classrooms, that leads students through the process of inventing. The program is taught as an in-school lesson plan during the academic year, or as a five-day summer camp. In a typical year, 20-25 schools participate throughout the Houston Gulf Coast region, with 2,500 students presenting their inventions in preliminary competitions. Approximately 60-70 inventors make it to the finals, held on the third Saturday in May. This year, the finals were held at River Oaks Elementary on May 20th.
The entire YIS program is driven by a core group of volunteers, as follows:
and, Brice Everhart, of Vallaire’s for Men. See: http://www.vallaires.com .
“Our YIS program is poised to see tremendous growth, both here in the US, and internationally”, said Greg J. Micek, Founder. “We have recently aligned with Lamar University to launch the program into the Beaumont area. Also, Lamar has a satellite program, based in the United Kingdom, which will allow YIS to have an international presence.” See: www.tablet-academy.org.
"It has been my pleasure to work with and for the Young Inventors Showcase, over the last few years,” stated Max Martin. “Nothing comes close to the personal gratification I've received, from witnessing these young students presenting their projects for judging. Innovation and invention-ism are the way forward in the 21st century. Come join us, as we open the doors for young students world wide." Mr. Martin is the CEO of Smart Kids Software, which is now in its 20th year in business offering an array of educational and STEAM-based technologies to teachers all over the US. See: www.smartkidssoftware.com.
The Young Inventors Showcase was born from it’s parent, the Houston Inventors Association, which was itself launched by Greg J Micek in 1983. For the complete history, see:
There are significant opportunities for Houston Young Professionals to engage with YIS. Among the various roles available are as judges, outreach to schools to expand the program, as mentors to the young inventors, etc.
For further information on YIS, and to volunteer, please contact:
SKS-Smart Kids Software, Inc.
YIAA Executive Director
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