Not Just Another Day at the Office: Inventionland Encourages Innovation, Creativity and Fun
Apr 30, 2019 11:15AM
● By Kathleen Ganster
Want to work on a pirate ship complete with waterfalls, sharks and scary pirates? Or perhaps working in a giant shoe intrigues you.
Then Inventionland may be the place for you.
George Davison believes in having fun at work—the Fox Chapel resident is the creator behind Inventionland, a 60,000 sq. ft. facility located in RIDC Park in O’Hara Township. An inventor who grew up in nearby Oakmont, Davison is used to dreaming big.
“George designed Inventionland in 2006 because he wanted to create a workplace that inspired creativity. The immersive work environment is home to sets ranging from a giant robot head to a pirate ship to a racetrack,” said Madeline Weiser, invention tour coordinator.
According to Weiser, Inventionland is an invention factory.
“It’s meant to inspire creativity, promote innovation, and foster education. Every year, roughly 15,000 people—from students to business professionals to inventors—visit Inventionland,” she said.
Inventionland serves as home to a team of talented designers, artists, writers, photographers, videographers, strategists, seamstresses, and fabricators. There, they create in 16 different themed sets, which include a treehouse, giant shoe, a castle and even a fully functional race track.
Weiser said that students, educators, inventors and anyone seeking ideas and inspiration should visit Inventionland.
“It is also home to Tomorrow’s World Today, an Emmy-nominated television show appearing on the Science Channel,” she added of the show that is billed as exploring sustainability, technology, new ideas and worldwide concepts around innovation. Davison serves as the show’s host.
An important component of Inventionland is their educational partnership with a number of schools, which provides curriculum and resources for students from kindergarten through college.
“Inventionland is especially proud of its STEAM-based curriculum called Inventionland Institute,” said Weiser. “Used by schools in four different states, students utilize project-based learning to find an everyday problem and solve it. They use Inventionland’s nine-step Inventing Process to go through everything from prototyping to researching costs to presenting their invention in a competition similar to what you see on Shark Tank.”
Inventionland not only serves as a resource for students, but works with teachers and other educators, providing professional development, teacher resources, innovation labs and development. Educators can attend workshops and field trips with their students.
Inventionland is also open to the general public, with group tours available for guests 8 years of age and older.
But Inventionland isn’t just a great place to visit. “It is constantly placed on ‘Best Places to Work’ lists around the world,” said Weiser.
For more information about Inventionland, including tours and curriculum, visit https://inventionland.com.