Unlocking the creative and innovative potential of our youth is really the way forward for our world.
Look at the these projects:
- inventing a new kind of water recycler.
- growing food with 90% less water using aquaponics.
- creating blueprints for a solar phone.
These are just three of the incredible projects designed and implemented by students participating in The Innovation Project- a global student-centred collaborative project focussing on Innovation and Sustainability, that began in April 2018.
This program has engaged students from 515 schools across 85 countries. Because the project is student-centred, the students have to do the research, brainstorming and discussion. They share their findings via weekly videos or presentations. The students are told that they are journalists and their classrooms become newsrooms.
Very importantly, teachers are requested not to give away any knowledge. Instead of being instructors, they act as discussion leaders and mentors pointing their students in the right direction and making sure the students verify their sources.
Please visit the Innovation Project website to learn more about the participating countries and projects.
You can also check out the in-depth post on this project put together by Nat Geo Education Blog:
By Koen Timmers Why do people invent? What is the purpose of innovation? Earning (more) money? Making people’s lives easier, more interesting? Make the world more sustainable? Sadly enough, in many cases innovation is based on financial benefits. So, it’s time to connect students around the world focusing on innovations that make the world more […]