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‘Invitation to Innovation’ Celebrates Ingenuity

Event Features Students’ Creativity, Scholarship

NOA robot conference
"Invitation to Innovation" will feature robots -- similar to the one shown here -- rockets, a race car and other projects developed by UMass Lowell students in the university's classrooms, labs and makerspaces.


Contact: Nancy Cicco, 978-934-4944, or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209,


WHEN: Friday, May, 4, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

WHAT: Rockets, robots, a race car and more will be on display at “Invitation to Innovation,” a free event for the public and school groups that showcases the creativity that’s put to work every day by UMass Lowell students and researchers in the university’s classrooms, labs and makerspaces. 

A Formula One-style race car, a solar-powered device that collects trash from waterways and a variety of inventions made with 3-D printing – all designed and built by teams of UMass Lowell students – will be among the event’s 100 exhibits. More than 400 university students will participate, many of them seniors who will demonstrate the capstone projects they created this year as part of their requirements to graduate. Outside the venue, the UMass Lowell Solomont School of Nursing mobile lab will give visitors a look inside the profession. 

Projects developed by students in all majors who are participating in the UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker Program will also be featured. The program teaches entrepreneurial skills they can use to solve problems in business and the community, and even launch their own ventures. 

“Invitation to Innovation” also looks to inspire students in middle and high school to pursue their education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The festivities will include the Massachusetts Region IV Middle School Science and Engineering Fair.

Speakers are expected to include UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney and leaders from UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering, Kennedy College of Sciences and Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences.

WHERE: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell. Contact UMass Lowell media relations for directions and parking information.