We're looking for students who have innate hands-on inventorship skills, especially those who have been making things since childhood.

We provide mentorship opportunities through our Inventrepreneurship (Invention + Entrepreneurship) course, APS1041 and are looking for talented TAs (Teaching Assistants) and talented students to mentor.

See below for examples of past success, and there are dozens more. One thing they all have in common is the right combination of "nature" and "nurture", i.e., innate making skills since childood, combined with the right mentorship in MannLab Toronto + MannLab Silicon Valley (California) + MannLab Shenzhen.

Mann's approach to mentorship is ideally suited to students who, like him, have an innately natural aptitude at invention, making, building, and hands-on experience. We work with those who already have a great deal of skill, and help them become even better, to reach their full potential.

If you have innate hands-on skills at making things, and you want one-on-one mentorship to achieve great things, please feel free to get in touch as a student or TA through APS1041 or ECE516, or contact us directly.

Another way to reach us is through our Instructables (link).

You can also schedule a "doing" in which you will meetup with Prof. Mann and take 60 to 90 minutes to work on something together. This is your opportunity to "jam" with us. Think of it as a 2-way audition: you can show us what you can do, and you can also see what we can do (and how well we connect). The topic of this "doing" should fall at the intersection of something you're really skilled at, and something that you're really passionate about, and our area of expertise, as shown below:

Many of the people you'll meet in our lab are best-in-the-world at what they do. So consider the following analogy: A visit to our lab is like a chance to "jam" with the world's best jazz musician Miles Davis or John Coltrane. So imagine, for example, that you're really good at playing the violin but you're tired of playing the violin and want to learn how to play the saxophone but have never played sax before. When you come to our lab, you should bring your violin because that's where you're going to get the most out of your experience with the jazz greats. You "jam" for an hour or so with these jazz greats, and that's your chance to learn from them AS WELL AS IMPRESS THEM with what you can do. That's how you'll win their hearts and make them want to continue giving you great mentorship.

Analogously, come prepared to show us what you can do, at whatever you're best at.

So your first project should be, most importantly, something that you're well "grounded" (skilled) at! This way you will do well at it, and that sets the stage for expanding your skills into other areas over time.

See also, the Call for TAs poster and the Job posting.



MannLab students are founders of companies worth more than $1 billion

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 2018

Caption: Ryan Janzen from childhood ... to receiving Innovation of the Year Award, 2018.

Professor Steve Mann teaches a course entitled "Inventrepreneurship" (Invention + entrepreneurship) and teaches students fundamental scientific principles that lead to innovative breakthroughs. Examples of success from Mann's students include:

Inventrepreneurship is ideally suited to students who are good engineers and scientists with good hands-on skills. Students interested in joining MannLab should begin by doing some of the Instructables: https://www.instructables.com/member/SteveMann/instructables/, clicking on "I made it", and posting some pictures and videos. Let your talent be discovered!