Invention Index: Views of Young Americans - Tech Learning

Invention Index: Views of Young Americans

 The annual Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, which gauges Americans’ perceptions about invention and innovation, this year surveyed young men and women ages 16 – 25.
Author:
Publish date:

The annual Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, which gauges Americans’ perceptions about invention and innovation, this year surveyed young men and women ages 16 – 25. Almost three in four young women (71 percent) indicate they are creative, the characteristic they most associate with inventors (63 percent); however, less than one in three (27 percent) describe themselves as inventive. Men also follow this trend; 66 percent say they are creative but only 39 percent describe themselves as inventive.

Young women show a strong affinity for math and science, with 42 percent rating these as their favorite subjects in school. More than half of male respondents (53 percent) agree.

The survey also reveals that young women and men do not see the U.S. as leading the way in invention; 61 percent of young women view Japan as the leader, with the U.S. ranking second at 27 percent. Young men agree, choosing Japan first (54 percent) and the U.S. second (36 percent).

Nearly half (49 percent) of young women are most interested in pursuing invention to improve the lives of others, while 38% of young men are also motivated to invent to improve lives. 58 percent of the female respondents would make a health science or consumer product invention their top priority; men’s inventive interest is geared towards consumer products or web-based inventions (54 percent).

Featured

Related

High School Invention Grants promo image

High School Invention Grants

The Lemelson-MIT Program announced today the 15 teams of high school students, teachers and mentors selected to participate in the 2009–2010 InvenTeam initiative.

Invention at Play: Invention Playhouse

Invention at Play: Invention Playhouse From the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History comes this wonderful resource for developing logical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration - in students of any age level. There are four interactive puzzles - Puzzle Blocks, Cloud

Survey:  77% of teens interested in STEM career promo image

Survey: 77% of teens interested in STEM career

Many believe the key to strengthening the U.S. economy and competing globally lies in fostering an innovative culture and educating America's youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). According to this year's Lemelson MIT Invention Index < > 1

The Study of Invention & Innovation

The Lemelson Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History offers the fascinating stories behind such inventions as the electric guitar, quartz watch, and artificial heart. Guides for teachers, students, inventors and historians are included. courtesy of netTrekker

MIT Teen STEM Survey

The 2009 Lemelson MIT Invention Index is a survey that gauges teens' (a nationally representative sample size of 500, aged 12 17) attitudes toward invention and innovation. Although this year's report reveals that American teenagers are embracing STEM subject with