Invention & Innovation Via Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Content Application

North Carolina A&T State University, 2007 - $29,000

This grant supports the creation of a new course, Technological Invention and Innovation, in which students learn the process of invention and innovation from idea conception to commercialization. The course was inspired by a non-funded school project in which students brought an idea to a usable prototype and analyzed its marketing potential. This course will become part of the scope and sequence for technology majors and serve as a capstone course.

In the course, students from a number of disciplines will collaborate to solve real-world problems via invention and innovation. The final task will be to develop an innovative solution with the potential to become a viable business. Students will be taught through group discussions, lab time, presentations, and invited guest experts on various topics.

Since North Carolina A&T State University is a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), at least 90% of class participants are African American. There will be a concentrated effort to include a minimum of 30% female enrollment.