The Inventors in Your Classroom: Design Thinking for Any Age
Explore and create : Creation lab
Dr. Kathleen Lanman
Kids are natural inventors. Learn how to give students confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship by practicing design thinking and problem-solving. You will leave with the tools and skills you need to teach students problem identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills.
|Audience:||Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices required|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||QR code scanner or internet ready device
paper and writing tool
|Topic:||Maker activities & programs|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Additional detail:||Student presentation|
The purpose of this presentation is to model for educators how they can start teaching iterative design thinking and invention in K-12 classrooms. The role of technology in this project depends entirely on the teachers and the students. For example, students may start with cardboard models before progressing to robotics, CAD or 3D printing for their prototyping.
During the demonstration, I will model the classroom activities that the participants will use with their students. I will walk them through a shortened version of the lessons they will be able to access.
Participants will receive links to comprehensive lesson plans and documents that they can use in the classroom. These tools have been adapted to work for both in-person and distance learning.
I have been teaching iterative design in the classroom for five years, and have had students win awards at regional, state and national levels with their inventions.
Content time process
warm-up activity 5 online engagement
Intro to Engineering design 10 whole group
problem identification 5 think/pair/share
ideate solutions 10 small groups
design a prototype 15 small groups
Present your designs 10 small to large groups
Closing/Q and A 5 whole group
2. Invention Education: Preparing The Next Generation of Innovators
Authors: Couch, Stephanie; Skukauskaite, Audra; Green, Judith L.
Technology & Innovation, Volume 20, Number 3, February 2019, pp. 161-163(3)
Publisher: National Academy of Inventors
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