Invention Education (IvE) is a teaching and learning strategy that provides learners opportunities to practice problem-solving, creativity, experimentation, critical and inventive thinking in the classroom’. In this strategy a teacher could ask his/her students ‘to identify a problem in their own lives or that of their families’, and employ problem-solving and creative thinking processes to provide a solution, develop an invention idea, and finally build a prototype of the solution.
IvE uses the design thinking process to providing new ideas and solutions to existing problems affecting mankind. Design thinking is an iterative process for problem-solving approach that can lead to innovation and invention. At the heart of this approach is a deep sensitivity to the needs of people, with a view to providing alternative strategies and solutions to existing challenges or problem.
At the secondary schools we anticipate to support students in design possibilities in solving problems affecting them such as stuffy toilets, clogged drainage, dirty water etc. They will be encouraged to empathize, define concisely the problem affecting them and come up with an idea or ideate. Through support of their teachers and other external partners they will develop prototypes, test their ideas and proceed to implement.
In a nutshell, by introducing the tenets of IE (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test & implement) we will be increasing uptake of STEM among students.