Press Release

March 25, 2020

The Henry Ford Reminds Us We Are an Innovation Nation

Institution provides free Innovate curriculum to ignite an innovative mindset


(Dearborn, Mich. – March 25, 2020) ─ In 1929, The Henry Ford was founded for the purpose to inspire future generations with its vast stories of innovation, resourcefulness and ingenuity. As we globally confront one of the greatest challenges to our society in recent memory, it is time to harness our creative genius and can-do spirit. The Henry Ford is here to provide the tools that are needed to support and ignite the resourcefulness and resolve of everyone.

In an effort to help parents, students and educators during these times of uncertainty, the institution is unleashing its educational tools for people everywhere. In an unprecedented move, the institution is waiving all standard fees and making its Innovate curriculum free to educators and families at this time. Innovate, geared toward middle school and high school students, is a four-course, self-paced program of studies that connects the core disciplines of STEAM and humanities together through digital content and activities. It joins THF’s Model i primer and Invention Convention Curriculum as free resources the institution is making available to fully harness an innovative mindset.

“During this challenging time, we, as an institution, want to do what we can to support the needs of educators, students and parents everywhere and contribute to the solutions that are vital right now,” said Patricia Mooradian, president & CEO, The Henry Ford. “We invite people from across the country to use our free resources to help ease the strain on our community during this time.”

While its venues are temporarily closed, The Henry Ford’s digital collections are wide open and guests can visit https://www.thehenryford.org/explore-learn-online/ to access inspiring content and follow #WeAreInnovationNation for ongoing updates.

Life-long learners can dive into The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation, the greatest collection ever assembled documenting American innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness. With close to 90,000 artifacts digitized, visitors to the web site can build their own virtual collection with carefully curated artifact sets from The Henry Ford’s experts.

Inspiring stories celebrating the inventor’s spirit and our country’s most famous innovators are also available online through The Henry Ford’s Visionaries on Innovation, its Emmy-winning TV series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca, and Did I Mention Invention? with Alie Ward. For those looking to dig deeper, The Henry Ford provides plenty of opportunities through its Connect3 and What if? series, online recipe database, blog, magazine and more.

For updates and more inspiring stories, follow The Henry Ford’s social channels (@thehenryford), follow #WeAreInnovationNation, or sign up for its eNewsletter by visiting thf.org.


About The Henry Ford:
Located in Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford, a globally-recognized destination, fosters inspiration and learning from hands-on encounters with artifacts that represent the most comprehensive collection anywhere focusing on innovation, ingenuity and resourcefulness in America. Its unique venues include Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center and Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school. Together with its online presence at thehenryford.org, its national television programs, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and Did I Mention Invention? and other resources, The Henry Ford helps individuals of all kinds to unlock their potential and help shape a better future. The Henry Ford advanced its role as a catalyst for change in education with the acquisition of The STEMIE Coalition, a growing affiliation of organizations dedicated to fostering innovation, invention and entrepreneurship in students, K-12. With Invention Convention Worldwide, The Henry Ford hosts the Invention Convention U.S. Nationals and makes innovation learning curriculum accessible to educators and students worldwide.

The Henry Ford Media Contact
Melissa Foster, Sr. Manager, Public Relations
melissaf@thehenryford.org, 313-982-6126