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The mission of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is to: Inspire an appreciation for the role invention and innovation play in the history of the United States, particularly in its historical and global context, by exploring new ways to increase understanding among diverse audiences. Encourage high quality scholarship, in cooperation with scholars and professionals, to broaden understanding of invention and innovation and to guide Center programs. Increase and preserve documentary evidence of invention and innovation. Reach out to young audiences with effective presentations, products and services that create learning opportunities and stimulate imaginations.
The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people.
Through public programs and outreach, exhibitions, scholarly studies, grants and fellowships, the Lemelson Center documents, interprets, and disseminates information about invention and innovation and highlights the central role they play in the United States, both today and throughout American history.