The Education
that lays the foundation


Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are the building blocks of modern invention. By supporting STEM education at an early age, we’re hoping to encourage future generations of Edisons and Teslas.

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Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM

10.07.2014

Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM

“If you don’t give up on yourself, we won’t give up on you.”

Q&A With Next-Generation Hackers

06.19.2014

Q&A With Next-Generation Hackers

CodeDay — a 24 hour technology "lock-in" — gives students the time and focus they need to start building projects they care about.

Crossing the Border from Idea to Venture

03.03.2014

Crossing the Border from Idea to Venture

Seven young men and women from six different countries invent a dream career app … and follow their own dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs.

Nathan Myhrvold on Mentorship and Stephen Hawking

02.11.2014

Nathan Myhrvold on Mentorship and Stephen Hawking

If there’s one thing Nathan Myhrvold learned from his mentorship experience with Stephen Hawking, it's that "wisdom comes when you’re surrounded by people with different interests."

The FIRST Robotics Experience

11.27.2013

The FIRST Robotics Experience

Austin, Chief Engineer for a high school FIRST Robotics team, discusses the thrill of the competition and lessons learned in science, technology, and teamwork.

Alex and Leoma: The Pursuit of STEM

08.27.2013

Alex and Leoma: The Pursuit of STEM

"Delve into your own interest and learn to love it. See if there are ways that you can mix what you like to do with something in the STEM field."

Innovation in the workplace begins in the classroom with exposure to imaginative projects.
Edie Fraser
STEMconnector Salutes Invention

06.24.2013

STEMconnector Salutes Invention

In an open letter from the CEO and founder of STEMconnector, Edie Fraser describes how STEM is the foundation of invention.

FIRST Robotics’ Ultimate Ascent Challenge

VIDEO: FIRST Robotics' Ultimate Ascent Challenge

Congratulations to all of the Washington FIRST Robotics teams that competed in the Ultimate Ascent Washington regional in April. Dozens of IV volunteers were involved to help student-run teams gain hands-on STEM experience building robots. Auburn Mountainview High School, mentored by Ken Poppe of IV’s Invention Development Fund, received the Chairman’s Award—FIRST’s highest honor given to the team that best embodies the FIRST spirit. Find out how you can get involved at www.usfirst.org.

Great STEM Minds Think Like Girls

04.16.2013

Great STEM Minds Think Like Girls

The Expanding Your Horizons Network connects girls with STEM through mentorship and hands-on experience.

Make a Difference. Make a Robot.

04.16.2013

Make a Difference. Make a Robot.

FIRST uses robots to teach teens the fundamentals of invention and business.

The People
behind the patents


As inventors ourselves, we know that the path toward “Eureka!” isn’t an easy one. To help, we’re exploring what makes inventors tick and sharing knowledge from our own work.

Jake Russell: Inspiring Invention

12.02.2014

Jake Russell: Inspiring Invention

"Usually, coming to the realization that a significant need exists in a particular problem area is a necessary precursor to thinking about a compelling inventive solution."

David Paranchych: Opportunistic Invention

09.11.2014

David Paranchych: Opportunistic Invention

"Although every invention is unique and follows a different path, I find the basic process begins with a flash of insight that there is a possibility for an improvement..."

Eric Huber: Inventing is a Process

06.20.2014

Eric Huber: Inventing is a Process

“I see opportunities to solve problems or inconveniences that we experience by just… living life.”

Nancy Linday: Invention as Opportunity

05.29.2014

Nancy Linday: Invention as Opportunity

“What keeps me going? Knowing that innovation is truly valued.”

Ricardo Agard: Improving Quality of Life

05.21.2014

Ricardo Agard: Improving Quality of Life

“At first I invented for the thrill of it … later it was because my quality of life depended on it.”

Bill Robinson: Collaboration is Critical

05.01.2014

Bill Robinson: Collaboration is Critical

“Invention is a collaborative process. Two brains will always produce more ideas than one.”

VIDEO: Vincenzo Casasanta on Avoiding the “Burden of Infallibility”

Inventor and physicist Vincenzo Casasanta talks about his own process of invention and the path one can take from self- to team-brainstorming.  

We need to be willing to risk embarrassment, ask silly questions, surround ourselves with people who don't know what we're talking about. We need to leave behind the safety of our expertise.
Jonah Lehrer

VIDEO: David R. Smith on History's Most Influential Inventors

Renowned inventor and physicist David R. Smith offers his thoughts on history’s most influential inventors and what it takes to join that esteemed list. 

VIDEO: Pablos Holman on Inventing, Heresy, and the Fear of Failure

Inventor and hacker Pablos Holman talks about his approach to nurturing an inventive personality and some of the common traits he sees in successful inventors.

I readily absorb ideas from every source, frequently starting where the last person left off.
Thomas Edison
Lucio Pessoa: “Different treasures, different ideas”

04.19.2013

Lucio Pessoa: “Different treasures, different ideas”

Lucio approaches invention quite systematically—as a science, not an art. He identifies relevant problems that have inadequate solutions based on known techniques.

Pablos Holman: “You get new superpowers every day”

04.16.2013

Pablos Holman: “You get new superpowers every day”

Heretical, fearless, and fueled by distraction, Pablos Holman has turned inventing into a career.

Kevin Hess: “An inspiring pursuit”

04.16.2013

Kevin Hess: “An inspiring pursuit”

“Working with people from different backgrounds can create surprising solutions—solutions that no one would have thought of on their own.”

The Potential
power of inventions


There’s no shortage of problems that could benefit from the life-changing power of invention. These are a few that have inspired us and the opportunities we see for inventions to make an impact.

Global Leaders Chart the Future

10.02.2014

Global Leaders Chart the Future

The Boao Forum for Asia came to North America for the first time this year, and Seattle proudly hosted what’s become a prestigious gathering of the brightest minds in government, business, and academia.

Technology-Powered Disease Eradication

02.26.2014

Technology-Powered Disease Eradication

Global health organizations are searching for the key to put global infectious diseases in check. In the age of big data, computer models could reveal the answer.

Suppressing a Hurricane

09.24.2013

Suppressing a Hurricane

A Salter Sink uses free, unlimited energy from the waves and requires no moving parts—a simple way to perform an enormous task that can save billions of dollars and hundreds of lives.

Keeping Pace With Global Energy Consumption

VIDEO: Keeping Pace With Global Energy Consumption

In this video by the New America Foundation, IV CEO Nathan Myhrvold discusses the need for new low-carbon energy sources and why IV applied its inventive brainpower toward safer nuclear energy.

To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.
Nicolaus Copernicus
Strengthening and Extending the Vaccine Cold Chain

04.19.2013

Strengthening and Extending the Vaccine Cold Chain

Inventions to store and transport vaccines could help reduce the nearly one million childhood deaths each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.

VIDEO: Nathan Myhrvold on Inventing Miracles

Nathan Myhrvold discusses the magic of invention and why more inventors should be applying it toward problems in the developing world.

Considering Plan B on Climate Change

04.16.2013

Considering Plan B on Climate Change

With average global temperatures on the rise, inventors should consider Plan B for curbing climate change.

FIRST Robotics’ Ultimate Ascent Challenge

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Vincenzo Casasanta on Avoiding the “Burden of Infallibility”

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David R. Smith on History’s Most Influential Inventors

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Pablos Holman on Inventing, Heresy, and the Fear of Failure

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Keeping Pace With Global Energy Consumption

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Nathan Myhrvold on Inventing Miracles

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