Young Inventors' Program (YIP)


Tina White






​​​​​​​Tina White,
Director, Young Inventors' Program

New for July, 2021: Young Inventors' Program in Your Classroom

A new teacher professional development opportunity that will introduce you to the YIP curriculum and how to explore strategies to bring engineering design into your classroom.
This K-12 project-based curriculum meets core standards, including the NGSS, and provides hands-on STEM activities to take students on an invention journey through the design process, culminating in a showcase of original inventions that may lead to local, regional, national and international competitions.  Learners will have an opportunity for expression and creativity as they develop and practice higher-order thinking skills. 

This 4-hour, online workshop (2 hours over 2 days) will provide you with all of the resources you need to bring the Young Inventors’ Program curriculum into your classroom – all FREE for your school, when you’ve completed this PD program (Registration Fee: $25).
Session 1: Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20, 10am-12pm 
Session 2: Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20, 1pm-3pm



Spark Innovation Through Invention

The Young Inventors’ Program® is a K-12 project-based learning curriculum. Through hands-on learning, research, and testing, students explore STEM principles and develop 21st Century skills in decision making, design thinking, and communications.

Now within the Leitzel Center at UNH, the Young Inventors’ Program (YIP) captures the spirit of youth innovation first sparked by founder and inventor Dr. Robert Rines. Now nearly 40 years later, we are enriching a third generation of inventors in New Hampshire and most recently Massachusetts and Vermont with plans to grow throughout Northern New England.

Centered on Students and Educators

We believe that students can and will challenge themselves given the opportunity to invent a product or process that solves a problem in their everyday lives. The YIP staff help educators, both in and out of school, apply our curriculum and tools to move students through the invention process from developing an idea to prototyping to presenting their designs and research.

The program is flexible and can be started anytime in classrooms, after school programs, homeschools, libraries, and camps. YIP students also start their own invention clubs to continue their work and support each other. Each program site hosts a local invention fair to qualify students for the Northern New England Regional Invention Convention held each spring. There, we select students to represent our region at the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan.