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 below link.

Access the tools

Young Innovators Tools - Overview

Pentagonal Problem

With this tool students get a better understanding of the challenge they are facing, its causes, consequences and potential solutions. Students need basic knowledge of the problem and the different stakeholders involved as well as and an open mind to see the issue at hand from different perspectives.

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Context Map

With this tool students get an enriched picture of the context or system in which the challenge is embedded along with a sense of direction for different factors influencing each other. Students need access to different sources of information about the social, economic, technological and environmental context.

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Cover Story

With this tool students get a visual description of the best future scenario they can imagine for the current situation. It is a visual story on how reality was transformed as a consequence of the innovation initiatives. Students need a sense of the possibilities of the current reality and the ability to dream with no constraints.

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Details about the tools


What will students learn from using the tools?

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?

The method has been introduced to make sense of something and then innovate around how to understand the actors involved and think creatively to solve or improve blockages, Therefore, these tools could be deployed for any subject where there are a variety of questions, issues and actors that need to be better understood and explored in more depth to make sense and move forward. However, in this context the tools have been intended for use with educators tackling projects concerned with Environmental Sustainability to prepare students for future thinking and understanding 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 / subject teaching. We have our e-learning and some training opportunities throughout the year, as well as regular calls with all partners in which they share best-practices and exchange ideas. 

Contact us via the Get Involved page. Just give us your name, role, your school or organisation, the country/region you are based in and why you might be interested in joining the programme in the future.

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