Offering training for teachers to introduce a system innovation approach in schools

Young Innovators supports teachers and educators with improved systems thinking and complex problem solving in the classroom.

The aim of the training for teachers is to introduce a system innovation approach that fosters awareness on climate challenges and encourages creative thinking and climate innovation capabilities with the younger generation (12-18 year olds).

Each tool is designed to help teachers and their students explore complex challenges.

Guidance on how to use the tools, group size and timings, along with a visual of a ‘canvas’ is provided. Students work in teams to solve their challenge and record their ideas.

You will be able to access the downloadable tools in the EIT Climate-KIC Learning platform.

If you would like to access more background information on the tools, please click the link below. 

Access the tools

Young Innovators Tools - Overview

Pentagonal Problem

This tool provides students with fundamental knowledge about a problem so they can contextualise it from the perspective of different stakeholders involved.

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Context Map

This tool provides the students with an enriched picture of the system in which their challenge is embedded.

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Cover Story

This tool enables students to imagine a future where their solutions to the challenge have been implemented so they can envision their impact on the future.

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Methodology Overview


What will students learn in the process?

These tools help to facilitate the understanding of complex realities and the co-creation of knowledge in a secondary school context. They offer:

  • Group work activities 
  • Visual thinking tools 
  • Challenge-led activity 
  • Techniques to deal with complexity 
  • Opportunities to connect to the local ecosystem of actors 

What subjects does it support?

This methodology has been developed so students can make sense of something, then innovate from the perspective of the actors involved to solve or improve blockages. These tools could be deployed for any subject where there are a variety of questions, issues and actors that need to be better understood. However, these tools have been adapted specifically foe use with educators tackling projects concerned with Environmental Sustainability to prepare students for future thinking and understanding of the complex systems around climate-related change.

How can I get trained to use this in schools?

You can learn quite a bit by looking at the tools, reading through the guidance given, and then thinking about how you might use them in your project / teaching. We have our e-learning platform and training opportunities throughout the year, as well as regular calls with all partners in which they share best-practices and exchange ideas.

You can take the first step by contacting us via the Get Involved page.

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