We want to give teachers tools to motivate children to think and act creatively inspired by the many real problems that our societies face.
Tell us about your idea
ARC / Ask, Reflect, Create is a new teaching method which invites children to reflect, think and create through the use of very simple, illustrated questions about real-world problems, like those consigned on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This method promotes empathy and both, critical and creative thinking, qualities which are vital for children who will be facing the great challenges of the future, or the very present, due to the global pandemic.
ARC´s long-term goal is to use the internet to make this method accessible to school teachers anywhere in the world and thus contribute to a more daily exercise of creativity in childhood.
The PDFs of our activities include original illustrations as a means of communication between teachers and students. In addition to activity guides to guide the children through the 5 stages of the method.
Developing a quick version of an ARC activity takes no more than two hours! The necessary resources are recycled materials, scissors, tape and PDFs of the activities.
In summary, with an ARC activity, children can set up a conversation about a topic of social or environmental interest, propose challenges within the topic, think of ideas to solve these challenges, build prototypes that give shape to the ideas and finally explain and argue the results to others.
We see in this situation an opportunity to reconsider the way we educate children. We want to give much more importance to their opinions, create new moments for the free development of ideas and open new spaces so that children's creativity begins to be more relevant in educational systems around the world.
People can know about the Method and download the activities in our website: ask-reflect-create.com / results can be shared on our social networks #askreflectcreate
The information is available in english, spanish and german.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a Colombian designer based in Germany, a passionate empirical illustrator and founder of the ARC project.
I did my masters in Integral Design-Systems and Interaction, at the Hochschule für Künste, in Bremen Germany, where for my degree project I created the method, Problem Based Creativity (PBC), a first version of the ARC project.
Much of my professional work has been devoted to promoting children's creative skills. My first motivation was in Colombia, when I discovered the spectacular creative abilities that children possess and the reduced or null spaces that they have to unleash their imaginations within an educational context.
When the pandemic began, the need to share this method with teachers around the world grew, the quarantine was an impulse for me to develop an activity on the topic of quarantine and create a website in three languages where anyone can know the method and download the ARC activities for free.