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Love this idea. I had been toying with ideas of suggesting Creativity Fairs in schools I visit where students would share their works of art, music, poetry, prose, inventions, computer designs, ideas, etc. I like that because of the community it has the potential to build. Themes of diversity can also be explored through a within school/district approach.

But a national-level share has great appeal as well. Ashley's idea of bringing in a national kids-organization would be great! It would also seem like something Bill and Melinda Gates would like because of their interest in education--or Google or Apple something in that realm to co-sponsor because of their company's "creativity persona."


Bryan commented on Think Tank for Lower School Students

@OpenIDEO recently tweeted this The study extends this idea in that in suggests that creativity and careful reasoning is facilitated by different lighting conditions (low for creative work and bright for work that relies more on analytical thinking.

Most schools have two options for the lights On and Off. It might be approximated when there are multiple banks of lights in the room or if the teacher brings in lamps.

Alternatively, schools could install inexpensive dimmer switches! (Fire codes permitting).


Bryan commented on Think Tank for Lower School Students

It was a collaborative effort, for which I take very, very little credit. I headed the school's drive to what we called "the new College Prep" but others have called 21st Century learning. As many schools, we were looking for ways to transform how we taught collaboration and communication skills and reinforced their creativity. The real hero here was the Think Tank teacher. She, along with the lower school principal, had the idea, drive, and execution of getting this space the way it is, involving the students and designing the co-taught lessons.

I introduced the teacher to some of the Design Thinking processes and she was immersing herself in Visual Thinking and came up with the process on her own. As far as a toolkit, the Design Thinking for Educators has great utility (and addresses spaces). The process easily includes children.

More to the point are "success factors" for doing this which, to me, are about psychological, emotional and social conditions for change: A healthy faculty and school culture, a supportive administration, trust in the children, and the will to execute. There are a couple of resources needed to make it happen: human (a faculty member(s) who can lead it), space, financial (which can be small or large, depending on the scale).

In design thinking language, the space is effectively a working prototype. I predict that over time, it will become obsolete when the classroom teachers integrate it into their classroom.