Mandy Figlioli, Curriculum Specialist, Burgettstown School District
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Inventionland Institute Curriculum
Real-World Inventing with Real-World Student Outcomes
Through our years of Researching, Inventing, and Making/Prototyping, we've found that the typical school model of teachers lecturing and students memorizing facts simply doesn't work for a lot of students. Though some may excel at left-brain-only learning, those right-brained students whose strength lies in creativity are being left behind. We decided it was time to restructure the classroom model, creating a course that allows all different types of learners have a place to excel. This was how the Inventionland Institute Innovation Course was born.
The Inventionland Institute Innovation Course teaches students problem-solving, creativity, and real-world entrepreneurial/enterprising skills critical to their future success after K-12 schooling. Rather than using the typical classroom models of lecturying or memorizaiton, we put students in charge of their own education. This is a standards-aligned course that allows students to gain skills that get them ready not only for college and careers, but also for life.
During the course, students ahve one objective: find a problem and create an invention to solve it. For the duration of class, students learn how to use observational skills, develop ideas, research, design, create, package and present their original inventions.