In July 2011, The Black Inventors Showcase was attended by 300 students (red tee shirts) who were part of the Youth Leadership Summit from the Urban League's national conference held in Boston. The purpose of their attendance was to help inspire them to develop an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses at their schools. Also in attendance were students (yellow tee shirts) from a local community group in Boston.
At a separate Black Inventors Showcase exhibit held in Boston in July at Northeastern University was a group of middle school students who attended the STEM focused Exxon Mobile Bernard Harris Summer Camp (teal tee shirts). Bernard Harris is a physician who in 1995 became the second African-American astronaut to walk in space. He also created the exercise equipment used on the shuttle and the space station that minimizes astronaut bone loss.