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Category: STEM education

Teaching Innovation

Innovation is an essential skill for the 21st century. Can it be taught? Absolutely!  Skills are taught through modeling (that is surrounding the student with effective models and examples), by opportunities to practice the skill (project based learning), and by feedback that helps them internalize the changes they need to make to improve their practice …

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London Riots and FIRST Robotics

I watched video footage of the London riots dismayed by images of young people striking out with such violent fear of the future and utter disregard for the property of others.  No one explanation suffices.  One writer, picking up on tweets and social media posts, claimed these teens and young adults are frustrated by unemployment …

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Imagineers and STEM Education

“We are not preparing children for the world we have lived in but for a future that we can barely imagine.” Gordon Brown, former dean of the MIT EngineeringSchool. Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?, differentiates between a politically conservative attitude of scarcity and ‘can’t do’ and an innovative engineering attitude of abundance and …

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The Possible’s Slow Fuse Lit by Imagination

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942 Do you consider yourself an innovator? One component is creativity, thinking up novel and unique ideas. We are far from unraveling the complexity of imagination, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2011/08/01/the-possibles-slow-fuse-lit-by-imagination/

Do I really want an innovative kid?

Innovation can be scary.  Juan Enriquez in his February 2009 TED Talk describes the three contemporary fields of innovation:  microbes, tissues and robots.  In the area of microbes, we now have programmable cells where we can insert DNA “snipets” and have it boot up as a different species (check out the 2010 International Genetically Engineered Machine …

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