Invention Factory Featured on Cable News

January 05, 2015

The Invention Factory, a six-week intensive summer program where Cooper students must conceive, design and build a potentially-patentable invention, has been featured on Time Warner Cable's broadcast and online series It Ain't Rocket Science. The cable series focuses on education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.  The series has previously featured the annual middle school outreach program organized by students of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering.

Participants in the 2014 Invention Factory appear on camera, including students Eric Nguyen, Jessica Gabriella Marshall and Professor Alan Wolf, co-founder of the program. "It's rewarding seeing all of your work come into fruition, not because of a number or a test score," Eric Nguyen says. The piece reveals that last year's participating students will be pitching their inventions to representatives of Quirky.com, an invention facilitator, in March.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.