FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Akron, Ohio, July 5, 2007: The National Museum of Education and the Edison Innovation Foundation have developed a partnership to highlight the achievements of America’s greatest young inventors. The National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors, established in 1999 by the Partnership for America’s Future is located in Akron, Ohio. The newly-formed partnership will oversee the annual awards program, held this year on October 20, 2007 at the Radisson Akron. This Awards Ceremony will feature the first-ever Edison Innovation Award and will highlight Edison artifacts.
George Keegan of the Edison Innovation Foundation, headquartered in New Jersey, said, “We are excited to partner with the National Museum of Education. Thomas Edison is the greatest role model for invention, and these young inventors are the Thomas Edison’s of today. Mr. Edison once said, ‘There is a better way to do it. Find it!’ That is what these young geniuses are doing.”
The National Museum of Education, formerly known as the Partnership for America’s Future, has built the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors into the greatest recognition and preservation program in the United States. Nick Frankovits and Leila Gay Evans, Co-Founders, have assisted more than 85 students in developing their inventions into products that are now on the national market.
To enhance the National Gallery Induction Ceremony this October, the partnership with Edison will give an exciting new dimension to the national monthly-awarded “Student Ideas for a Better America” program. Students, grades K-12, may enter any idea for a new way to demonstrate an educational concept, an idea for a new product, or an improvement on an existing product or procedure. This revised program will be unveiled at the October Ceremony as well as a newly-created alternative energy project for youth.
This unprecedented union of the National Museum of Education and the Edison Innovation Foundation will bring a strong partnership to archive and preserve the outstanding inventions of America’s youth as well as to promote the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for which Thomas Edison laid the legendary foundation.
Gay Evans, Assistant Executive Director
The National Museum of Education
80 W. Bower Street, Suite 305
Akron, Ohio 44308
George Keegan, Executive Director
Edison Innovation Foundation
One Riverfront Plaza, 3rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102