Thank you to all of the educators to came to the 2013 BEST Medicine Teacher Workshops this past Saturday March 9, 2013!  See you next year!

WHAT: 2013 Teacher Workshops

Workshop Title: Inventucation

SESSION SUMMARY:  Inventucation™, as defined by the National Museum of Education, combines both the words “invent” and “education”. The theory behind the creation of this word is that all invention is the result of an innovative, creative way of learning. Today’s education is primarily based on curriculum, which stresses specific subject matter. This new “inventucation” technique is compatible with any existing curriculum in both the Arts and Sciences and trains the teacher to use a method by which creative thinking, critical thinking and innovation, with a hint of invention, are applied to existing educational concepts. We also tailor this philosophy for the professional world for corporate development and training. This is the essential way to kick-start and ignite any internship program. The fusion of invention and scientific or artistic principles results in “inventucation”.

The National Museum of Education has helped more than 85 students and teachers turn their educational inventions into products that are now on the national market!

Download The National Museum of Education’s Inventucation brochure here.

To learn more about the National Museum of Education visit their website at


Executive Director & Founder

Nicholas D. Frankovits has taught biological and geological sciences on the secondary level for 27 years, and he has taught 36 years between Cleveland State and the University of Akron Geology Departments. He has been the author and co-author of many national science publications, is a national lecturer, and has served as advisor and mentor to over 240 student winners competing in state, national, and international science competitions.

Mr. Frankovits has served on national advisory boards and has been instrumental in the development of educational programs running nationwide. He has been the recipient of numerous national teaching awards on the secondary and college level.

Nick is the founder and director of the national non-profit organization, the National Museum of Education, which recognizes and conduits student and teacher educational inventions to the national marketplace. More than 80 products are being distributed nationwide through the efforts of this organization. Presently the National Museum of Education is conducting “Educator to Inventucator”™ Teacher Technique Training workshops combining invention with entrepreneurship. The National Museum of Education has developed summer student camps, and teacher training. In addition, Nick serves as the Executive Director of the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors, which is composed of a national student board whose responsibility is to select six student inventions (K-12) to be honored and inducted yearly in Akron, Ohio.

Assistant Executive Director

Gay Evans is presently the Assistant Executive Director for the National Museum of Education. In that capacity she has been the national coordinator for the Induction Banquet and Ceremony of the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors for the last ten years. She has previously served as Director of Programs for the National Museum of Education. She has taught French and English on the high school level for over thirty years as well as three years of French at Kent State University.She served on the advisory board for NIH focus group for Middle School health curriculum. Gay is also a preliminary judge for the Christopher Columbus Awards, giving grants for middle school students.

She also helped develop and administer Energizer’s “Energizer for Innovation Camp” and “Inventucation Academy” for E-City and Upward Bound. She was the consultant and writer for the Sears/Craftsman “Young Inventors” competition, and the Universal Studios “Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius” competition. In addition, Gay has been consulted by invention author Susan Casey in the writing of her books “Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World”, and “Kids Invent”.She developed the “Freida J. Riley Teacher Award” program. Gay has recently given lectures titled “Educator to Inventucator” for the Akron Global Polymer Academy as part of a workshop for Elementary and Middle School teachers. She was also a speaker for the “Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education” in San Antonio, Texas.

Workshop Title: Biomimicry Applied to the Design of Medical Devices

SESSION SUMMARY:  The term biomimicry comes from the Greek words bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate.  Both biology and medical device design have the concept of function in common. For example, tendons can store and release energy during various movements of the human body — similarly, orthotic devices used for rehabilitation can utilize this principle to minimize fatigue in elderly patients.  Similarly a flower bud is designed to be very compact, and yet can open to form an intricate pattern of petals.  The expansion of a compact flower bud can be imitated in the design of medical devices that are inserted through a patient’s vascular system.  These and other examples will be covered by Dr. Brian Davis, Chairman of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Akron and a published author on the topic of biomimicry.

To learn more about the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron visit their website at


Dr. Brian Davis
Biomedical Engineering Department Chair, The University of Akron

 Dr. Brian Davis holds both a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a master’s degree in Medicine (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and a Ph.D. from Penn State University. He had a staff-level appointment at the Cleveland Clinic from 1992 to 2010.  In terms of medical devices, Dr. Davis has led a number of initiatives focused on rehabilitation technology and instrumentation for assessing a patient’s risk for diabetic foot ulceration. Dr. Davis is a member of a number of professional societies, including the International Society of Biomechanics – a society for which he served as President from 2005 to 2007.


Teachers and Science Program Leaders


March 9, 2013

To Run Simultaneously with BEST Medicine Student Judging

9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.               Biomimicry Applied to the Design of Medical Devices, presented by Dr. Brian Davis

15 minute break

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.             Inventucation™, presented by The National Museum of Education

12:30 p.m.                               Lunch



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