The White House has launched a website to gather feedback from students about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The website, KidScienceAdvisors, was created after a student asked President Barack Obama if he has a “child science advisor.” “We should have a kid’s advisory group that starts explaining to us what’s interesting to them and what’s working, and could help us shape advances in STEM education,” the president replied. The White House is inviting youth from around the country to submit ideas on important science, innovation, and technology issues.
With all of the changes happening to the way students learn, now is an important time for educators to consider how they’re fostering creativity. Check out the infographic below on creativity from Canva.
On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great to have, though not as important as reading or long division.
But research is showing that creativity isn’t just great to have. It’s an essential human skill — perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.
Sponsored by the Conrad Foundation, the Conrad Challenge is a multiphase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing the future through purpose-driven education. Each year, teams of two to five students, aged 13–18, from around the world create products or services to address some of the most pressing global and local challenges.