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Visiting Inductee Program

Inspiring the innovators of tomorrow.

Since the inception of the first National Inventors Hall of Fame School, our Inductees have been instrumental in the evolution of this unique educational institution.

The Visiting Inductee Program, made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, invites Inductees to participate in problem-based learning with NIHF School learners both on-site and through distance learning. The program began in 2009 with James West, co-inventor of the electret microphone, who worked with learners to solve a problem concerning the acoustics in the NIHF School library. This involved visiting the learners, meeting with each of them in small group settings, answering their questions about sound and challenging them to use critical thinking skills to explore new ideas. West also spoke to NIHF School learners about the process of invention and answered their questions regarding his life and work.

In the years since James West’s successful partnership with the NIHF Schools, additional VIP guests have included:

  • Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam® Camera Stabilizer
  • Helen Free, co-inventor of dip-and-read urine tests for detecting glucose levels
  • Art Fry, co-inventor of Post-it® Notes
  • Don Keck, co-inventor of optical fiber
  • Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera
  • James Wynne, co-inventor of excimer laser surgery

John S and James L Knight Foundation
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Collegiate Inventors Competition
Invention Project
Camp Invention
United States Patent and Trademark Office
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