Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Creating Imagining, and Innovating

Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Creating Imagining, and Innovating

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Creating, imagining, and innovating are a part of the daily lives of most people. Changing a recipe to suit your taste or trying a new method to get something done at work uses these Habits of Mind. Children naturally have the ability to imagine creative solutions to get a desired result. When collaborative play is not following the storyline that they desire, they will change the story to put it back on track or change the story altogether. How do we teach them to harness these Habits of Mind and incorporate them into everything that they do?

While many say, "I cannot draw," being creative is not merely an artistic act. Creativity is fostered when children are allowed play with an idea or object to imagine other uses or improvements to the design. Think of the child who plays with the box instead of the present that was inside.

The act of creating brings something new and valuable to the world. Being creative requires "out of the box" thinking. We have created various machines, but the machines cannot create a human. Critical thinking and perseverance allow creativity to explode for engineers and inventors.

Using one's creativity can be a risky endeavor; there is always a chance of failure. Failing to make the correct design choice could cause the entire project to go haywire. No one likes to fail or make a mistake, but taking the risk to try an offbeat choice may be the reason that the product becomes a household name. The ability to use failures and mistakes to advance the idea leads to creativity. Creating, imagining, and innovating are Habits of Mind that make leaders.

Learning something new every day supports the creative, imaginative, and innovative mind. Connecting the dots between old and new facts brings relationships into perspective. Understanding the relationship of facts allows the mind to open to new possibilities. Daydreaming and letting one's mind wander will permit new ideas and solutions to form. …

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