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Think Tank. An Imaginative Journey where the invisible becomes visible.

location_on Milan, Italy

An Imaginative jouney that connects learning communities to the wonder of imaginative learning..

The Think Tank proposes, shares and thrives on making the invisible visible. It inspires the inter-action between students’ imagination creating ongoing dialogues between perception and knowledge. It is a studio environment in which children learn to synthesize their learning experiences through art, design, language, movement and sound.

Overview

HundrED has not validated this innovation

Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Holly B.F. Warren on May 21st, 2022

2015

Established

300

Children/users

1

Countries
Organisation
For-profit
Target group
Students Lower
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
Curiosity is a mental wonderlust. Imagiantion is its best friend.
Holly BF Warren , artist, imagineer, teacher.
Atelierista, Imagineer

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

There was a desire to create more space for imagination and creativity in the curriculum. Student's voices, ideas, concepts, theories and knowledge doen't always get celebrated outside the boundaries of the curriculm. Aspects of their self knowledge ancestral knowledge are not often heard futhermore imagination can be squeezed into time niches and in time falls asleep.

How does your innovation work in practice?

During Think Tank sessions, the mentor meets small groups of 6 to 8 children in a Pow Wow format to share ideas and thoughts (Idea Shower). These can be experiences, recollections of past explorations or new proposals. If needed, a quiet moment of recollection/thinking is proposed as a way of linking with the students’ self. Then the group creates a dialogue and decides how to proceed. This is the three-step process of making the invisible.
During Think Tank sessions, the mentor meets small groups of 6 to 8 children in a Pow Wow format to share ideas and thoughts. These can be experiences, recollections of past explorations or new proposals. If needed, a quiet moment of recollection/thinking is proposed as a way of linking with the students’ self. Then the group creates a dialogue and decides how to proceed. This is the three-step process of visible thinking that accompanies the experiences.
It got tagged as best at FuoriSalone 2021, Milan Design Fair.

How has it been spreading?

It started in 2015 in one school of the educational group and is now present in 2 other schools of the same group.
Articles by the art studio teacher/facilitator Holly BF Warren have been published in the International Teachers Magazine, https://www.educationthatinspires.ca/2019/11/25/the-think-tank-environment/
ImaginED, https://www.educationthatinspires.ca/2019/11/25/the-think-tank-environment/
Art in Early Childhood, https://www.artinearlychildhood.org/projects
Think Tank during the pandemic appeared Era un Altro Mondo. I nostri figli e l'esperienza, del Covid-19 by Nadia Dario & Luca Tateo, Armando Editore.
Light Narratives in the ALEA, Australian Literacy Educator's Association.
Fuorisalone 2021. https://www.fuorisalone.it/it/2021/eventi/896/The-circle-Think-Tank-Project-2020-20

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Think Tank takes you for a walk inside your imagination connecting your creativity and knowledge. We will listen, ask questions and arose your curiosity which in the Think Tank is a mental wanderlust. We work as a community, once ideas are shared and the group discusses how to make their imagination come alive visibly we all work by layering the work. Everyone contributes to the artwork.

Media

The Garden Exhibition. Where imagination and nature grow together.
The Garden Exhibition. Where imagination and nature grow together.
The Garden Exhibition. Where imagination and nature meet in an outdoor city atelier.Children between the ages of 2 to 6 years of age planted imaginative flora in the outdoor atelier and invited parents to walk through it serving delicious cocktails and a scrumptious buffet lunch.
A Motorway of Connections. Think Tank at ISC. June 2022
A Motorway if Connections. A motorway of connections. Wonder as you wander through creativity across Grades 2 to 6.Step inside this imaginative journey. We hope you to tickle your imagination to ask us as many questions as possible.
The future is where you look.
Think Tank flows in time and space.How has Think Tank made the Invisible Visible? By stepping inside the students imagination, discussing ways to draw it out and celebarte it. Sharing a sense of wonder. Looking back, looking right, looking left, looking from an angle.Where is the future? "The future is where you look." by GD 5yrs old
Fuorisalone TV | Do not sink in your chair!
Is a chair just a chair? Would children sit on one if left the choice?Think Tank asked and chairs became the beginning of an adventure.Think Tank. The Chairs in a Circle.
How the Think Tank has chaged over time adapting to covid and change as projects and school years flowed.
During the 2020 covid times Think Tank adapated to the needs of the times proposing a learning environment that would inspire imagination and foster creativity. Light, sounds, scents and firniture once again were learning tools.
Visible InvisibleThinking outside the box while being in the box.Brain Art by Grade 2. This is what thinking looks like.

Steps

Idea Shower

An Idea shower is the sharing of ideas that refresh/Clean/stimulate ideas as a learning path.

The Think Tanker proposes pathways towards creating the concept of an idea shower and asks the students to make their suggestions visible using language at first but this can change according to the dynamics of the group.

Once the concept of idea has arisen the think Tanker chooses how to thread all the student's thoughts. This threading will lead to a project that is both doable, meaningful and effective.

An example would be- ideas need imagination- imagination makes things possible-we want to invent a time machine as metaphor- ideas on how to make go through the idea shower and the most practicable ones are selected and worked on as a group.

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