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Make a Cob Oven Together to Build Creative Confidence

Sculpting an earthen oven from Cob (a binding mix of clay, sand and straw) is a great way to build creative confidence in young people (of all ages).

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Sculpting an earthen oven from Cob (a binding mix of clay, sand and straw) is a great way to build creative confidence in young people (of all ages).

Advantages:
-Group activity that creates true camaraderie
-Working with one hands with elemental stuff, like stone, mud, water, sand, wood and fire
-Making and sharing food (Pizza/Bread)
-Oven can be built over a weekend

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

Enlist my kid's class to build a cob oven in the school courtyard.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

Young people of each group would make a recipe video of their favorite baked dish.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Help in preparing an IKEA-style visual guide to making a Cob Oven.

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