Kids bring the ideas, we bring a process to turn them into something real.
Inventors Lab is grounded in principles of creative inquiry learning and design thinking. It’s hands-on, and curiosity driven – kind of like the on-the-job learning we do as adults, without the added pressure of needing a job!
Inventor’s Lab runs over a school term, or as a school holiday sprint and gives learners a grounding in the rapid, iterative learning processes common across industry innovation programs “in the real world.” If they have an idea burning a hole in their pocket, they can put it into practice. If not, we’ll challenge them with some starting points. Our project-based learning process and use of design thinking will help them refine and develop their idea to a “good enough” starting point for them to prototype and begin the process of refinement and iteration.
They’ll build things, they’ll connect ideas. If their project calls for it, they’ll assemble some code.
They’ll use some low-tech and high-tech (think cardboard to 3D printing) construction techniques, and we’ll delve into electronics and physical computing with introductory microcontrollers (think sensors, lights, motors, and boards like the BBC micro:bit)…
but it’s not about that.
It’s about creative confidence.
It’s about indulging and encouraging curiosity.
It’s about getting things wrong before you can get them right.
It’s about trusting young learners with big ideas.
If we do these things well, we can rely on the ideas that schools commonly call STEM to come up on their own.