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ARC / Ask, reflect & Create. A new method to promote children's creativity

We want to give teachers tools to motivate children to think and act creatively inspired by the many real problems that our societies face.

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  • Designer with a great admiration for children's creativity

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.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I would like to leave behind the fact that creativity in schools is, in many cases, exclusive to subjects related to the arts and therefore has very little importance in the curriculum of many schools in the world. After the pandemic, I want the ideas of children to have more spaces to be expressed and receive much more importance and appreciation.

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.

What region are you located in?

  • Europe

Where are you located?

I currently live in Bremen, in the north of Germany, a fairytale city! But my heart is in Bogotá, in Colombia. It is there and in other cities in latinamerica where I aspire to reach more teachers with my method.

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