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Empowering global kids to help solve global problems, one idea at a time.

Kids Can! Innovation Camp

Manila, Philippines
Kids Can! Innovation Camp provides students with the opportunity to lead their own learning as they tackle real-world problems aligned to UN SDGs through interdisciplinary project-based learning challenges. Through empathy-driven design-thinking and the use of Makerspace and ICT tools, students are empowered to create and design solutions in the form of projects and products.

Because Kids Can!

Francis Jim Tuscano, Founder
“The best innovations and solutions to the global problems we are witnessing might come from the hands of curious and passionate kids tinkering in the corners of the school or in their homes. Empower kids to be agents of change to the world. ”

Francis Jim Tuscano, Founder

We often underestimate young people. We leave the big global problems to adults, disregarding the innate curiosity that drives our young people to understand the world around them. Our schools are all about learning what from material and textbooks and seldom about immersed learning in and from the world we live in.

In response to this, in June 2017, the Kids Can! Innovation Camp was launched in Xavier School - San Juan, Manila, Philippines in the small makeshift makerspace in the grade school. From an inter-after-school-club synergy, the Innovation Camp has become a global collaboration project supported by a global team of educators, who also took the challenge of translating the camp framework into languages such as Polish, Malaysia, Korean, Viet, and Filipino among others.

Big Ideas of Kids Can! Innovation Camp

  1. The Kids Can! Innovation Camp seeks to provide grade school-middle school students the opportunity to become critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and active agents of change. In order to do this, Kids Can! project incorporates the United Nations Global Goals, also known as the Sustainability Development Goals of 2030, as a guiding tool for the children. 
  2. The project framework brings design-thinking to the appropriate level of the students who participate. 
  3. The project is grounded in passion-based learning. Students are given the opportunity to create products that they are passionate about. Students use their passions, talents, and skills (individual and collaborative) as they participate in creating solutions for the problems they are working on.
  4. The project aims to help kids come up with different and genuine solutions. The nature of solutions that the students create depends on the nature of the problem they have identified. Hence, possible solutions may include but not limited to: making or inventing, information and advocacy campaigns, call to action through service, and philanthropy.

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Innovation Overview
6 - 18
Age Group
4 000
3 044
Tips for implementation
Kids Can Innovation Camp framework is available in English and a few more languages from the international translation volunteers. As of June 2018, the Innovation Camp Framework and resources has been translated Vietnamese, Korean, Polish, Bahasa Melayu, and Filipino. Visit: for the resources (framework, worksheets, and presentations)
Contact information
Francis Jim Tuscano

See this innovation in action

Kids Can! Innovation Camp Project by MDE student gets international recognition - University of the Philippines Open University
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Kids Can! Innovation Camp | HundrED Sustainability Spotlight
International Translation for Kids Can! Innovation Camp
Quick Profile of the Global Innovation Camp 2018
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Understanding the camp framework and the planning it entails
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Check out the International Translations of Kids Can!
We have a team of passionate educators and colleagues who share in the vision of reaching all kids and having them take part in the Kids Can! Innovation Camp. So, we are translating the camp framework and worksheets to several languages for more kids and teachers to use! Check out the resources page
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Let your students be agents of change! Join the 1st ever global innovation camp tailored for students! Registration to the Global Innovation Camp @KidsCanInnovate is now open! Register at: For more info visit:
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