The U.S. Patent and Trademark office will hold its National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property July 17-22 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

The program for K-12 educators combines training tools, practices and project-based learning models to help l teachers incorporate the concepts of making, inventing and innovation into classroom instruction.

The central focus of this year’s institute is on the creation and protection of intellectual property – including inventions, knowledge discovery, creative ideas and expressions of the human mind that may have commercial value and can be protected under patent, trademark, copyright or trade secret laws.

The application deadline is April 18. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered for teachers selected to participate. Click here for more information and a link to register.