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Chandler Unified educator recognized with Lemelson-MIT Excite Award

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Chandler Unified School District’s, ACP Erie Educator, Rachna Nath, Was Recently Awarded A Lemelson-MIT Excite Award. Photo Courtesy Chandler Unified School District

Chandler Unified School District’s Arizona College Prep Erie educator Rachna Nath was recently awarded a Lemelson-MIT Excite Award.

This award is given annually to a select group of educators across the country who have applied to receive a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant for the following school year and have been selected as a finalist.

Award recipients participate in invention education learning opportunities as part of an all-expenses paid trip to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Lemelson-MIT Program’s annual EurekaFest, a multi-day invention celebration in mid-June.

Educators are selected for this award based on their capacity to lead a year-long, open-ended invention project with students at their school.

At EurekaFest, Excite Award recipients meet and are inspired by current InvenTeams, teams of high school students, teachers and mentors that received grants of up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

Nath will see the InvenTeam projects, learn more about the InvenTeam experience and attend hands-on workshops and discussions led by MIT professors about invention – unique technological solutions to real world problems.

“Excite Award educators who attend EurekaFest leave the event prepared to ignite an interest among high school students in science, math, engineering and invention,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “They gain new techniques to empower their students through problem solving and encourage a sustainable culture of invention in their school and community.”

Nath, a Biology teacher at Arizona College Prep Erie in Chandler Unified School District, initiated the InvenTeam application process in the spring of 2018 and will be invited to submit a final application for the InvenTeam grant after attending EurekaFest that will be due in September.

Nath will work with the students [and mentors] throughout the summer to finalize ACP Erie’s grant application.

Nath will also reach out to community members with expertise in fields related to the problem that the students plan to address through a technological invention for insight and guidance on how their invention can best serve the community.

A prestigious panel of judges composed of educators, researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, as well as former Lemelson-MIT award winners, will assemble in the fall and select the final InvenTeam grantees.

More information on the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam initiative and Excite Awards can be found here.

Celebrating invention, inspiring youth

The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education. For more information, visit