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Creativity and Innovation in Problem-Solving

There may be no universal understanding of creativity. The concept is open to interpretation from artistic expression to problem-solving in the context of economic, social, and sustainable development. Therefore, the United Nations designated 21 April as World Creativity and Innovation Day to raise the awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development.

https://www.un.org/en/observances/creativity-and-innovation-day

Plant The Seed - Unpack Your Thinking

Invent, Innovate or Campaign – What have people been doing?

Sir Ken Robinson, Emma Watson, and Aardman Animations invite children to get involved in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development by inventing, innovating and campaigning.

The visual thinking routine we are learning about this week is the Name, Describe, Act. A routine for looking closely, noticing, developing memory & analyzing. Let’s learn about young inventors, innovators, and campaigners. 

 

Watch the video and Name, Describe and Act using these thinking prompts:

Name – Recalling from memory, name and make a list of all the things the young people either invented, innovated, or campaigned that you can remember.

 

Describe – For each of the things you have named, add a description to each. 

 

Act – For each of the things you named and described the young people invented, innovated, or campaigned for, tell how they act. What are they doing? What is their function? How do they add or contribute to changing the world?

Sketch Noting Example

Here is my thinking – Bronwyn Joyce The Global Write Creator

Let's Write

This week’s prompt is all about being creative or innovative. One prompt for everyone. 

 

These are the UN Sustainable Goals and we have until 2030 to achieve them.

 

In your opinion what are the most severe problems facing the world right now? Brainstorm a list. You might like to use this resource to support you when creating your own 17 world goals. 

HINT: Use these negative world problems and turn them into positive goals. Eg Violence in Homes – Safe homes

Looking at these world problems, design your own 17 Global Goals. Create your own pictures/symbols to match your goals. You can use the template below, or be creative or innovative and make your goals your own.

Let's Create with AMAZELAB

Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK. 


Creativity and Innovation when responding to the need to increased food production 

Climate change and a growing population are putting an increased demand on farmers who are required to grow crops on land that is increasing flooding plus with a growing population space is becoming limited. 

Your challenge will be to design and build an innovative idea to aid farmers to grow crops in areas where space is limited or frequently become flooded.

One idea is a floating garden, but we cannot wait to see your ideas, maybe growing up the side of tower blocks, on roof gardens or using stilts! 

Make a note of your research, ideas and findings. 

Draw your ideas 

Decide on your final design and explain why you decided on this one. If you created a model, did it work well? How would you improve it next time? 

Share Your Thinking & Creativity With The World

Place your global goals or your AMAZELAB creation on a Buncee and paost to ‘The Global Write’ Buncee Board. Take a photo of your work and share it on our Wakelet or tell us all about your writing or creations on Flipgrid.

All you need to do is click on your button of choice and share your great work with a global audience. 

Talk To 'The Global Write' Youth Ambassador Olivia

Can you explain the meaning behind Olivia’s image this week? Olivia was inspired this week by her love for creativity to enlighten and change the world. She would love to hear your thoughts about what her image signifies. Send here a message on ‘The Global Write’ Wakelet and I am sure she will leave you a reply.

Teacher Resources

For more information on the Name, Describe, Act thinking routine go to http://www.pz.harvard.edu/resources/name-describe-act

The UN Sustainable Goals and Good Life Goals we are supporting this week are:

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