Deliberately overdoing to innovate

There is a great deal of talk in Education about educating for innovation, that involves play, creativity and problem solving. For young people  who are tethered to the internet and see it as a way to express themselves, exploring their own learning (be it on Minecraft or something else) and also using it ‘connect’ with friends what does innovation mean to them. They are probably better at it, than we perhaps give them credit for. They are already collaborating together online. I see this with my own children. Collaboration is a key component of being able to create.

So what can we do as parents to enrich this process? The following is a cool video that I came across. Although this inventing took place in the classroom there is no reason why this can’t happen in another space. What a cool birthday party idea! I had to look up the exact definition of a Rube. Using the wikipedia definition “A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered or overdone to perform a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction.”

Thanks to  Edutopia for this video which is housed on their educational site.

As the school holidays are coming up (in about a weeks time) a Rube may be on our to do list.


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