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R2i2 team named a 2018–2019 InvenTeam by the Lemelson-MIT Program

11/2/2018

A Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) class is one of 15 student teams from across the country to be named a 2018–2019 InvenTeam by the Lemelson-MIT Program. Teams receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to solve a problem they’ve recognized from their local communities. The R2i2 team is working on a combined biodigester and solar power system for a school in Sare Bilaly, Senegal which lacks power.

InvenTeams, now in its fifteenth year as a national grants initiative, inspires youth to invent technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing. The 2018–2019 InvenTeams are comprised of students, teachers and community mentors that will pursue year-long invention projects. The InvenTeam initiative engages students in creative thinking, problem-solving and hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). InvenTeams apply their learnings and experiences to build an invention that will be showcased at EurekaFest at the Massachusetts Institute Technology in June 2019, and after a technical review within their home community in February 2019.