Invention Nights Toolkit

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Hosting an Invention Night

Even if you didn't win the National PTA STEM + Families Invention Night Kits, sponsored by littleBits, you can still host a successful Invention Night at your school. This toolkit is organized into five steps with links to documents and sample templates you can customize for your own PTA and school. 

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STEP 1: Getting Started 

Schedule a date on your school calendar for the Science Festival and start engaging your school community in discussions around the importance of STEM education. Reach out to your school administrators, teachers and families. 

(Hosting events like this is also a great way to recruit new PTA members! Consider having recruitment flyers like this one at your event.)

STEP 2: Plan Your Event 

Form a planning committee by inviting parents in STEM careers and teachers of STEM subjects to join. Try to recruit at least 10 volunteers to help during the Invention Night. Organize your tasks, create a budget and schedule deadlines. Reach out to local partners to gain donations and community volunteers.

STEP 3: Promote Your Event 
STEP 4: Host Your Event 

Ensure that everything goes smoothly at your Invention Night! Consider offering takeaways to parents who attend to help them retain and build on what they learned.

STEP 5: Wrap Up 

Be sure to thank your PTA, school staff, community partners and parent volunteers. Gather feedback, report your results to National PTA and use the findings to plan your next event. National PTA recommends offering an incentive for completing the survey (e.g., enter names into a drawing for a $50 gift card donated by a local merchant).

    Questions?

    Email Programs@PTA.org or call (800) 307-4782.

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