Can you teach Innovation? We think you can. By helping youth as well as lifelong learners understand the traits of innovators and processes of innovation, we can create more problem solvers, critical thinkers, and collaborators for the 21st century. Innovation 101 is a unique and dynamic online education module that combines lesson plans and active teaching and learning resources, including oral history interviews, to ignite the imagination of future innovators.
Curriculum & Methodology
Innovation 101 is designed to be an introductory module that can be used by schoolteachers, youth service providers, instructors in colleges and universities as well as trainers in a corporate setting. It details basic tenets of innovation and invites participants to explore the various traits and processes used by innovators, past and present. Get started by learning more about our curriculum and methodology and see how our five-part module can be used for diverse audiences and educational needs.
Lesson One: What is Innovation?
This 45-minute lesson plan helps participants critically think on the needs that precede any innovation. What is innovation? Why is innovation necessary in our lives and the world around us? Participants will explore these and other questions individually and in small groups.
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Lesson Two: Traits of an Innovator
Are there commonalities between innovators? Do legendary and current-day innovators share common traits? Are these traits important for success in life? This 45-minute lesson plan features a video interview with American computer engineer Steve Wozniak and a brief Henry Ford biography. These celebrated innovators are sure to spark engaged discussions and critical thinking.
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Lesson Three: Process of Innovation
Is there one set process that all innovators use to innovate? What is the relation between the process of innovation and design-thinking? How are Invention, Innovation, and Discovery similar, yet different?
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Lesson Four: Keys to Innovation
Is there one set process that all innovators use to innovate? What is the relation between the process of innovation and design-thinking? How are Invention, Innovation, and Discovery similar, yet different? This 45-minute lesson plan explores these questions and features a series of video interviews, including discussions with product designer Don Chadwick and architects William McDonough and Toshiko Mori.
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Lesson Five: Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights, and More
Can an innovative mindset be cultivated and practiced? What can we learn from some of the role model innovators? What are the keys to innovation? This 45-minute lesson plan explores these questions and features a series of video interviews with celebrated innovators, The Henry Ford curators, and more.
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Post-Unit Student Activities
Continue to engage students with post-unit activities.