National Gallery for America's Young Inventors
The mission of the National
Gallery for America's Young Inventors is to "celebrate the learning,
insight, creativity and workmanship of America's student inventors by
recognizing and preserving their accomplishments for the inspiration
of further generations." The
National Gallery is administered by the Partnership for America's Future,
Inc., located in Akron, Ohio.
The National Gallery was established for the purpose of preserving great
inventions produced by America's youth. The National Gallery annually
inducts up to six young inventors in grades K-12. A student Board of
Directors, comprised of outstanding students from around the country,
selects the inductees. An adult Board of Advisors comprised of outstanding
businessmen and women as well as accomplished inventors oversees the
Student Board in an advisory capacity only.
In order to be eligible for induction, a candidate must:
- be a United States student in grades K-12 whose invention has been
awarded in a national invention competition
- be a patent holder, or
- have a product on the national market.
From 1998-2006, the Christopher Columbus Foundation, in alliance with the National Museum of Education, sponsored and bestowed a "Young Inventors Award" on
the inductees in the National Gallery. Each inductee received a sextant,
compass and $5,000 United States Savings Bond.
National Museum of Education
The National Museum of Education is
a nonprofit organization developed and run by award-winning, nationally
recognized teachers, in cooperation with successful business people.
Its goal is to allow students of all ages and abilities to tackle real
business and educational problems for possible financial profit. Business
partners contributed genuine problems to the Museum to be solved
by young people.
The Museum administers the National Gallery
for America's Young Inventors and Student Ideas
for a Better America among other programs.