Introducing Design Thinking as a Reflective Teaching Strategy through Integration of a Project-based Invention Curriculum
Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers and future teachers explore the practical implementation of an invention unit into their curriculum culminating in a school or classroom Invention Convention science fair style event. The course examines useful reflective strategies, hands-on learning approaches, and the application of Project-based learning (PBL) concepts via action planning. The Design-thinking Process will be covered including effectively utilizing Model-eliciting Activities (MEAs) to help students conceptualize their ideas and be innovative!
Invention New England is a partnership initiative between the Department of Education Digital Learning Offices in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont that offers teachers a professional development opportunity in the form of an online course that teaches the strategies and pedagogy involved in the instruction of a K-8 Project-based Learning Invention course focusing on hands-on problem-solving and STEAM 21st Century Skills. Professional development hours as well as graduate credit can be earned for the 7 week asynchronous Moodle course. Educators will learn how to implement an Invention Convention event and how they can receive Young Inventors’ Program Kits (YIP Kits) to bring the program to their schools.