A Problem Solved?
A child’s accident, mistake or failure may seem like a very big problem with an impossible solution, but often all it takes is a little imagination and creative thinking.
The world does not care what you know. It cares what you can do with what you know. — ~Tony Wagner, Creating Innovators
Beyond The Comfort Zone
Risk taking is an essential but hard-to-watch part of childhood. It’s a typical child thing to explore the world around them, but some kids seem more inclined on pushing the limits than others. How does this confidence link to creativity?
“It’s about the journey as much as the outcome”.
~London Illustrator, Charlotte Trounce.
If our children are our future, how are we going to equip them with the skills to create solutions to the long term problems we face? We can all contribute to make the future we want while inspiring our children to make a difference too through observing our own actions.
Never Underestimate A Curious Mind
Sir John Gurdon, Nobel Prize winner, was ‘too stupid’ for science at school
At the age of 15, Prof Sir John Gurdon ranked last out of the 250 boys in his Eton year group at biology, and was in the bottom set in every other science subject.
Sixty-four years later he has been recognised as one of the finest minds of his generation after being awarded the £750,000 annual prize, which he shares with Japanese stem cell researcher Shinya Yamanaka.
Speaking after learning of his award in London on Monday, Sir John revealed that his school report still sits above his desk at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, which is named in his honour.
Grades are poor measures of one’s potential to be curious.
Why can’t I see the photograph right now? —
~ A question asked in 1943 by Edwin Land’s three-year-old daughter, after he’d snapped her picture with a standard camera. Rather than dismissing this question as an impossibility, Land took inspiration from it, decided this question deserved a good answer and in February of 1947 he proceeded to invent instant photography with the world’s first Polaroid camera via his company Polaroid. Technology that unleashed one of the most creative movements in the history of the static image.
See also: Instant: The Story Of Polaroid
Solving The World’s Problems
How are children exposed to the problems in our world? This example- a painting on a drain at our local primary school, simplifies the issues by connecting the cause and effect for children to understand the link, reinforcing the message.
If they are introduced to these global problems at a young age, are they more likely to go on to pursue interests that benefit our world?
Educator John Hunter introduces awareness and problem solving skills to students with his ‘World Peace Game’. This interactive experience “triggers a transformation of the students from children of a neighborhood school to citizens of the world. The World Peace Game exposes children to the complex issues of the greater geo-political world that they will one day encounter. Hunter’s innovative exercise lays the groundwork for students to become civically engaged individuals”.
Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born. — Albert Einstein
(Source: skylightdreams, via jtotheizzoe)
Kids Play the Way Scientists Work -
“Let the little scientists play and the world will teach them what they want to know”. ~ Alison Gopnik