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Why did you create this innovation?
This organisation evolved from the practice of internationally renowned artist Dominic Wilcox. We know that creativity and problem-solving are key skills now and for the future generations. But not enough of education offers opportunities to explore ideas freely, in a playful way that celebrates creativity.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Little Inventors provides resources that are child-centric and play-based but equally are easy for teachers to integrate in their curriculum teaching, by offering themed challenges that tackle societal issues, from conserving energy, life in space, or simply helping the community - fitting with subjects as wide as literacy, citizenship, science, arts and design and more.
All the resources are free at point of use, and funded through sponsors to enable wider access through an online platform.
How has it been spreading?
Little Inventors is present in 30 countries worldwide, with a reach of over 2 million children.
By offering regular challenges with very tangible outcomes, we have achieved incredible things. We have held the first art exhibition in the International Space Station, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and NSERC, a Canadian governmental body promoting science. Some of the objects have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their permanent collection and more are on show in museums across the world. I also wrote three little inventors books commissioned by HarperCollins to continue to encourage creative confidence in children and their family.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Parents, teachers, learning facilitators are all welcome to use the resources that are freely available online. Potential partners who might want to run a challenge can also get in touch with Little Inventors to develop their own offer.