Claire Evans, Founder and Academic Director of Yo Invento
HundrED shortlisted this innovation
Why did you create this innovation?
I was introduced to the idea by Dr. Joseph Renzulli from the University of Connecticut, who is one of the founders of the Connecticut Invention Convention. As a science educator, I loved the idea of developing a STEM project in Chile, promoting creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. This project reaches out to rural communities and promotes gender equality.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Students identify a problem which they would like to solve and are guided through the engineering design process to design their invention, build a prototype, iterate, then present their results in a Feria de Inventos in front of a jury. During the Yo Invento course, the students are encouraged to solve certain challenges, to think critically and creatively, to work collaboratively and to communicate their thoughts and results. They are introduced to certain key concepts such as micro-processing systems and sensors, mechanical processes, Artificial Intelligence and biomimicry to give them a solid foundation for inventing. We train teachers in the areas of STEM to help them with their everyday teaching. Finally, through our global partners, we participate in online global innovation events, broadening the horizons of our students, giving them the opportunity to become more culturally aware, to work collaboratively in a global context and to practice their English communication skills.
How has it been spreading?
2019: 7 schools in 5 comunes in Region of Los Ríos, 150 students (aged 10 - 14) and 12 teachers.
2020: 16 teachers trained online, 30 students in Chile, 18 in Argentina, 8 in Costa Rica, 8 in Guatemala participated in our online Yo Invento course.
Feria de inventos in Chile, Argentina , Costa Rica and in Guatemala and a Feria de Inventos LATAM in December with 4 students from Costa Rica, Guatemala and Argentina and 8 from Chile. 10 winners will present their inventions in the Global Innovation Field Trip in January and a winner from each country will participate in the Invent Future Global World Challenge, Sept 2021.
2021 - Students from at least 4 regions of Chile, Feria de inventos Nacional in October and a Feria de Inventos LATAM in November with at least 6 countries (ages 6 - 18).
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Yo Invento runs online courses for students in Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. We also run online training courses for teachers. Students with inventions can participate in the national Feria de inventos and the winners participate in the Feria de Inventos LATAM. We also run online STEM courses for students and talks with experts in the field of STEM.