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Today, Andy Gibbs, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PatentCafe was recognized for his commitment to building and providing equal access to educational resources that support creativity and invention by K-12 kids. The 2005 TEC Champion Award is presented during the two day program "Inventing the Future: Close the Education Excitement Gap."
Washington D.C. (PRWEB) September 27, 2005 -- Today, Andy Gibbs, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PatentCafe was recognized for his commitment to building and providing equal access to educational resources that support creativity and invention by K-12 kids. The 2005 TEC Champion Award is presented during the two day program "Inventing the Future: Close the Education Excitement Gap."
U.S. Congressman Major Owens, Chairman of the United States Congressional Black Caucus' Education Brain Trust and senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Education Technology Think Tank (ET3) presented Gibbs with the award at the 2005 ET 3 TEC Champion Award: Leaders Inventing Equitable Futures, held as part of the Congressional Black Caucus's 35th Annual Legislative Conference.
This award is presented to exceptional leaders who are promoting the 21st Century skills of inventive thinking and entrepreneurship, closing the education excitement gap, and establishing a legacy of educational empowerment in traditionally underserved communities across America.
Other award recipients, nominated by DuPont, John Hopkins University, Lockheed Martin, National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the National Education Association, included Hall of Fame inventors Dr. George Carruthers (far ultraviolet electrographic camera) and Dr. James West (electret microphone), as well as the Hon. James Perkins, Mayor Selma, AL, Dr. James Ammons, Chancellor of north Carolina Central University, Hon. Vernon Parker, Asst. Sec'y for Civil Rights, USDA, and a number of outstanding school district Superintendents and Principals.
"Business and educational leaders must work to ensure that all kids have equal access to knowledge" says Gibbs. "As an inventor, I believe that no other educational activity supercharges kids' excitement to learn science and math more than hands-on inventing."
Years before PatentCafe launched its first corporate-level patent research and intellectual property management software, Mr. Gibbs launched the Kids' Caf, a free website of almost 1,000 pages that served 100s of thousands of young inventors, their parents and teachers.
In 2003, PatentCafe's Kids' Caf became the core for By Kids For Kids, a revolutionary new organization with a 100% focus on the development of kid inventors and their inventions. By Kids For Kids' initiatives are now supported by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Xerox, Mattel, and many other educational, government and commercial organizations is now America's preeminent resource for kid inventors both in the classroom, and in commerce.
Through socially responsible PatentCafe, Gibbs has funded non-profit educational programs that use invention as a learning tool, including The Academy of Applied Science (AAS) "Exploration Cybercamp" at Howard University, Washington, DC, the "Kids Invent Toys / Kids Invent Robots" program, and the Edison Young Inventors in Florida.
PatentCafe has also donated hundreds of invention and science books to grade school libraries in underserved areas, and educational science kits for in classroom hands-on learning projects. Mr. Gibbs, who authored the current Boy Scouts of America Drafting Merit Badge manual to introduce kids to updated computer aided drafting and design, has also spoken to kid inventors, parents and teachers at one-room schoolhouses to statewide kid invention competitions.
Gibbs says "The task of delivering the invention learning experience to every kid in every American school classroom is much larger than any single person or organization, but perhaps my receiving this Award will serve as a challenge to the top US companies whose very future depends on programs that will help today's kids become tomorrow's great inventors."
Mr. Gibbs is an inventor with numerous patents, is the founder and CEO of PatentCafe, was appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to two terms on the US Patent and Trademark Office's Public Patent Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of By Kids For Kids Co., and of the Washington, DC based Intellectual Property Owners Association.
PatentCafe is a leading global provider of patent research tools and intellectual property management solutions. The company's ICO Suite of enterprise IP management solutions is used by legal and business professionals worldwide to transform patent and technical data into actionable business information. ICO solutions deliver the next generation patent data mining and analyzing technology for improved patent quality, superior patent-based business intelligence, licensing revenue optimization, and corporate governance compliance.
About the Education Braintrust for the Congressional Black Caucus
Education Braintrust: "Inventing the Future and Closing the Education Excitement Gap"
The CBCF serves as a nonpartisan, policy-oriented catalyst to educate future leaders and promote collaboration among community and business leaders, minority-focused organizational leaders, and organized labor to effect positive and substantive change in the African American community.
About the STEM Caucus
The bipartisan Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Caucus was established (109th Congress) by Representatives Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) and Mark Udall (D-CO) in the US House of Representatives. The new STEM caucus will focus solely on science, math, technology, and engineering education issues and will work to promote and improve all areas of science and math education including K-12, higher education, and workforce issues in Congress. The Caucus also serves as an information source and a catalyst for advancing legislation and funding to improve STEM education.
About By Kids For Kids Co.
By Kids For Kids Co., a closely held corporation based in Stamford, Conn., is the sole leading company in America entirely dedicated to inspiring the innovative spirit within every kid. By Kids For Kids Co. inspires and rewards kids for innovation excellence and encourages young people to pursue problem-solving in their educations and careers. By Kids For Kids represents some of the most brilliant young minds in America.
About the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
The Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education. NSTA Press produces more than a dozen books and other educational programs each year. Focused on the K-12 market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies.