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Studios from the Start

Why are studio-based classes only reserved for art and design schools? Studio classes encourage creativity and collaboration. Let's start early and practice often!

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Keep our children creatively confident past kindergarden. Why does creativity fall by the wayside when we introduce arithmetic and history to the classrooms. I'm not suggesting that we rid our schools of traditional math, history and language classes, but we should supplement these regimented systems with at least one creative studio-based workshop class per year.

Allowing students to creatively and collaboratively tackle various open ended questions every year starting in kindergarden with simple questions and moving toward more complicated problems in high school will prevent them from ever losing their creative confidence.

Kindergarden problems can be something like "How might we make the playground more fun?"

...all the way to high school problems: "How might we create the ideal college application process?"

**Update 10/29**
Many were talking about starting a mentorship system to get this off the ground. This can manifest itself in several different ways:

  1. Designers can 'adopt' teachers or schools (pro bono) and act as design mentors to give the educators creative confidence to try more studio learning in class
  2. Teachers who have creative confidence can mentor other teachers to spread the creative confidence cheer!
  3. Older students can use the classic buddy system to help younger students with the idea of creative confidence. Or better yet, vice versa, and have kindergardeners buddy up with older students and remind them of how to be confident with their creativity.

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.

As a young person (undergraduate in college), I'm working with several of my peers to create more studio-based courses at my school with the help of the Vice Provost of Education. It would be great to reach out to local high schoolers and see if we can start with a grassroots effort!

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?

It would be great to find schools in various countries that are already trying to implement studio-learning systems in their curriculums (there have to be at least a few, right?). Then we can take some of the foundational thinking from those global schools and tailor them to each country's or region's curricula. The simplest way to get this involved is to 'tack' these studio classes onto existing schedules as electives and modify when necessary. This could probably work in most global school systems.

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

1) It would be great to hear the opinions of OpenIDEATORS who are still in the school system and how these studio classes would be received. 2) Teachers/educators who might be willing to implements at least a LITTLE studio time in their classes. Think of it like Google's 20% time. 3) Really any input, advice, help. Add them to the comments section and let's start a dialogue!


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Hi Alex.
I just saw on your profile that you were an intern with OpenIdeo last summer. Amazing. Was it fun? Did you learn a lot?
My concept, HipTrips, was shortlisted for refinement. Kind of crazy actually. Would you like to collaborate again? The target users are teens, college kids and recent post grads and I see you fall into that category! I would love to get some feedback on the concept in general. Do you think it is something that would excite anyone in your crowd? Check it out and if you have a minute get back to me.
I also would love to know your take on this question - "What would make a HipTrip tour have an edge? that thing that would make you want to come back again and again?"
I have some ideas for mock up tours in NY. Have a look at the images. What I need to find out is what would really push this so that kids would start to tweet about their experiences - if you get my drift.
In your case noting your interest in human centered design maybe we can come up with something for a tour that incorporates a look at that interest? I have incorporated design thinking into the program development aspect of HipTrips but now I am wondering about the tours themselves.... something to think about.

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