On February 3, we shared the news with you that a group of high school seniors from The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania were visiting Inventionland to kick off their involvement in the Inventionland Institute…Today, they’re back!

The first educational institution to incorporate our innovative Inventionland Institute coursework into their curriculum was none other than Inventionland founder and CEO George Davison’s alma mater, The Kiski School.

As the story goes, after we presented the course, which focuses on S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education, to The Kiski School seniors last fall, they scrambled to sign up for class. To ignite their creativity, they visited our very own invention factory,Inventionland, where they enjoyed a tour of the creative design facility that turns out hundreds of new product prototypes monthly.

Following their Inventionland tour, Executive Director of Design Nathan Field gave the students a booster talk on what to expect throughout the inventing course.

“I’m kind of smiling right now… They were definitely enthusiastic to get started,” said Field.

Just a few months into the course, it was Field’s turn to visit The Kiski School campus to check in on the Inventionland Institute students’ progress.

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Like so frequently happens during the inventing process, Field said the students were working diligently on various parts of their projects.

“One group was finishing packaging; one was doing engineering and getting ready to send their project to the 3D printers; one was getting ready to test their prototype,” said Field. “It may seem like one group was further along than another; but, some went back to engineering to tweak parts to make them better.”

During Field’s Kiski visit, the students also got a jump start on the final portion of their Inventionland Institute course when they gave mock product presentations.

By design, the Inventionland Institute course comes to an end when the students head back to Inventionland to pitch their new product ideas to an expert panel for review.

For The Kiski School’s inaugural class of Inventionland Institute students, that course culmination is happening at Pittsburgh’s Inventionland today!

See how the first class of Inventionland Institute students has put their full set of S.T.E.A.M skills into creating innovative new products.

Check back soon for an entire recap of The Kiski School’s final Inventionland Institute presentations.

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