Science of Innovation

By Debby WintersMivey1_rdax_150x120

If you are a science geek who loves innovation, you won’t want to miss the new 11-part “Science of Innovation” series put on by  the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), along with the National Science Foundation (NSF), and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News. The series is intended to coincide with the 165th birthday of American inventor Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was born February 11, 1847 and is known for his many inventions including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the light bulb. He is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.

The program represents the latest intellectual property (IP) education efforts by the USPTO and serves as a public-private partnership leveraging the best strengths of federal agencies, industry, and educators to demonstrate the connection between IP and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Narrated by NBC News’ Ann Curry, the series features innovators from across the country, including scientists and engineers working on projects in industries as diverse as healthcare, energy, transportation, agriculture, and more. “Science of Innovation” looks beyond the popular concept of innovation as the result of a single event or brilliant idea. Instead, it examines the processes and steps that anyone from a garage tinkerer to a federally funded scientist can take to discover new solutions to pressing problems or to add value in new ways to existing products, services or technologies.

“Science of Innovation” is a continuation of the Emmy-winning NSF-NBC “Science of…” partnership that has produced five other educational video series. Each video segment will be available to NBC affiliate stations and on the web for free at In addition, the series is aligned to middle school and high school lesson plans produced by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), as well as national education standards.

Segments feature innovators working on cutting-edge innovations, including bionic limbs, biofuels, anti-counterfeiting devices, and 3-D printing. A full list of videos can be found online at

Tune in and let me know what you think!

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