Inventors Lab

One of the most unique programs of its kind in the United States, the Inventors Lab provides students in Grades 5-8 the opportunity to explore the invention process through hands-on activities and presentations by professional scientists and engineers. One student is selected each year for a chance to apply for a United States provisional patent with donated legal assistance. This program was founded by Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D., in 2008.

Program Details:

  • Program is a series of monthly Saturday morning sessions, from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • Students develop their invention ideas between sessions and present them before a panel of patent attorneys and experts during a showcase in April
  • Only 24 spaces are available for students who will be in grades 5-8 during fall 2018
  • The program is $395 per student

Registration Details:

  • Registration is open exclusively to current Da Vinci Science Center members from May 22-31, 2018
  • Registration is open to the general public starting June 1, 2018
  • Easily register online at the link below and make your payment through Paypal
  • Open spots are filled on a first come, first served basis

Thomas Theiner, the winner of the Science Center’s 2015 Inventors Lab showcase, has successfully submitted his U.S. patent application and is now one of a few people in the country with patent pending status.

Ryan Boulrice of Emmaus, Pa., is the 2018 winner of the Most Patentable Invention award. Ryan invented earbud headphones that utilize a new way to manage the connecting cords. Ryan will receive pro bono assistance in filing a provisional U.S. patent application for his invention.

Ambrose Cavalier of Saylorsburg, Pa., earned U.S. Patent number 9,371,164 on June 21, 2016 at the age of 13 for an adjustable dispensing bottle cap, and U.S. Patent number 9,676,529 on June 13, 2017 for modifications to his design.

William Schopf of Whitehall, Pa., earned U.S. Patent number 8,274,169 on Sept. 25, 2012, at the age of 14 for a wind-powered generator for a vehicle.

Vidhyasai Annem of Allentown, Pa., has earned a provisional patent and has applied for a full patent for a multiple-section hair brush that keeps stray hair from falling to the floor.

Contact @DSC: Kate Heflin, 484.664.1002, Ext. 116

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