In a classroom setting, an apparent obstacle is engaging children with seemingly convoluted information. Teaching cellular respiration, for example, solely by lectures and PowerPoint slides can lead these young students lost--and possibly even overwhelmed. How can we approach this hurdle in a world ever-so prevalent with scientific innovation? More importantly, how can we express these concepts in a friendly, captivating manner while also inculcating a further love and appreciation for STEM?
The Bold Inventors Studio utilizes creative, yet methodical, means to promote interest in the sciences and technology. As young children, we were attracted to books and videos splattered with bright colors, bold text, and heartwarming characters. Our whole process begins with an animated story that encapsulates the above qualities, introducing an enticing hurdle that sparks curiosity and a desire to problem-solve among students. Our design-thinking then enables these students to explore creative outlets, ushering experimentation and innovative, tangible solutions.
Though this process is initiated by an imaginative situation, many of the scientific concepts covered are highly applicable to everyday life; The Bold Inventors Studio lessons connect students to the ongoing technological news, as well as real-world problems. Similarly, the engineering design process that the students take part in is heavily utilized by professionals. Whether they are designing a novel, world-class tablet, or redesigning a long-standing kitchen tool, engineers around the world implement brainstorming sessions, repeatedly assessing the pros and cons of fabricated prototypes to innovate a product with maximized potential. Thus, our programs not only provide an outlook on the procedures with which professionals are involved, but also equip students with the thought processes of these STEM-enthusiastic individuals. Introducing and enabling children to toy with these methods further intrinsically promote students’ long-term engagement with STEM.