When people say "inventor," pioneers like Edison or Bell invariably come to mind. But invention and innovation are around us every day, producing products that change and improve the way we live. The modern day equivalent of the Wright Brothers exist through the likes of Elon Musk and Larry Page. While the internal combustion engine was all the rage a century ago, 2008 gave us a peek at the first mass-produced highway-capable all-electric vehicle.
Last week, I went to two educational institutions in Greater Boston that are widely recognized as being on the forefront of innovation. Both schools are pioneering new ways to serve their students and prepare them for the 21st Century.