The Inventor in You!


    “I loved everything! The class the students the teacher, everything!…I think learning about inventors and their inventions is very interesting! It inspires and motivates me! I feel like I did a lot of everything, and completed a lot, and most of all had fun! ” ~Student, H.Z.



    Step 1: Register Your Student

    Step 2: Enroll Your Registered Student

    InstructorDr. Monita Leavitt
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length6 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnWednesdays, 9:00 - 9:50 AM Pacific - See below for webinar dates

    The Inventor in You! is a course in which students will learn to identify and develop characteristics of inventors in themselves. The weekly webinars will provide a forum for talking about wild, crazy and futuristic ideas to develop their creative and critical thinking. Surrounded by others who will listen to and share their unique ideas helps students to build self-confidence and encourages them to solve problems in new and different ways.

    Students will research and learn about famous inventors and inventions both in the past and present. They will also find out about young people who are recognized for their inventions in today’s world. And, they will identify a problem and conceptualize an innovative idea to solve it.

    The importance of asking questions, tapping into creativity, and experiencing failure will be discussed. This course will conclude with a friendly simulation of the television show, “Shark Tank,” in which each student will have the opportunity to present their innovative idea to their classmates, who will provide feedback by deciding if they would invest in the new idea.

    This could be the first step in creating your own invention!

    Course Webinar Dates:

    • Wednesday, May 24
    • Wednesday, May 31
    • Wednesday, June 7
    • Wednesday, June 14
    • Wednesday, June 21
    • Wednesday, June 28

    Note to Parents: 

    • Helping young people “find their flow” and develop their passion for learning has inspired me as a teacher for over 35 years. I enjoy that “Aha!” moment when their eyes light up with interest and they become immersed in learning something new. I love teaching the course, The Inventor in You! It offers me the opportunity to develop innovative problem-solving skills, critical and creative thinking in my students. It is a joy to nurture curiosity and to encourage enthusiasm for learning. What could be better?

    Student Testimonial: 

    • To Dr. Monita, “I would like to thank you for inspiring me to keep inventing. I was thinking about you just the other day and I thought I’d write to you. Your class has taken me to the next level, and you are what fueled my inventor’s fire, a term I made up that means the part of the brain that holds everyone’s inner inventor. Once again, thank you for all you have done for me.” ~Student, Brian

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Respond to 2-3 forum prompts — writing at least one five-sentence paragraph for each.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recorded sessions are available for students with schedule conflicts.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a strong 5th grade level or above.
    • Write a paragraph independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Parents should know: 

    • Although recorded sessions will be available, students should be able to attend most of the webinars since the courses are discussion-based.

    Required books & materials:

    • None.