Since 2010, Invent2Make has supported teachers and students by offering standards-aligned curriculum with authentic project challenges solved by using a design process and digital fabrication tools. With an emphasis on 21st century skills of communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration, students use design programs such as computer-aided design and produce their creations from project kits or using equipment such as 3D printers, vinyl cutters/printers and laser cutters/engravers. Students can work in teams or independently. Invent2Make is adaptable to any learning environment, from in-person to virtual. Lessons, project materials and supporting materials are available in Google to create custom Google Classrooms.
Lessons are aligned to Common Core, Next Generation Science and ISTE Standards. Relevant subject matter is kept current with articles and videos, engaging students’ interest and providing the foundation of knowledge prior to building Invent2Make projects. Activities are used for students to apply knowledge and skills. Lessons can easily be incorporated into existing classwork. Invent2Make lessons and projects range 6 to 15 hours an can be adapted as needed.
All Invent2Make Projects emphasize innovation and experimentation that engage 21st century skills, can be done independently or collaboratively, and can incorporate digital fabrication equipment and resources. Students use the design process to solve authentic challenges and build projects. Teacher’s resource guides and video design tutorials provide instructional support and ensure project success. Please visit Our Projects for more information.
Virtual (real-time and on-demand) and limited in-person professional development is available for lessons and projects. Training is also available for computer-aided design (CAD) in Autodesk's Fusion360 and Tinkercad, and Onshape and for digital fabrication equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters/engravers, CNC mills and vinyl printers/cutters. Certificates of attendance are provided. Whether you are new to digital fabrication and design thinking or an experienced teacher interested in advanced instruction, our standard and custom solutions will fulfill your development needs.
Design file review services to ensure design integrity for sound part production is available. Virtual instruction for CAD and equipment can be provided in real-time and on-demand with our video library. Invent2Make staff is an educational and technical resource to support teacher and student success.
MAKER SPACE RESOURCES
No equipment? Need extra capacity? No problem! Submit design files to our online support system. Remotely access the Invent2Make Makerspace to virtually to view production of your files. With standard shipping, parts are typically returned within one week. Eliminate barriers of accessibility, cost and operations while providing access to educational resources that helps prepare students for career and life-long success.
MAKERSPACE DESIGN SERVICES
We have designed and installed Makerspaces and Fab Labs in K-12 schools, colleges and military settings nationwide. Our custom designed projects include trailers and buses, historic buildings and shipping containers. From drawing board to training, we provide a comprehensive offering of services to help our clients create an ideal space that fulfills their educational goals.
To support the dynamic and diverse learning environments created by COVID that have had a permanent impact on education, Invent2Make has developed new projects with subject matter content that support traditional, blended or hybrid, and distance learning. Many projects are supported with a project kit and all can access the Invent2Make Makerspace of digital fabrication resources to create students' designs and solutions.