Young Innovators is a programme which offers training for teachers to introduce a system innovation approach to foster awareness on climate challenges, creative thinking and capabilities for climate innovation 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 in September 2019. If you would like to access more background information on the tools, please click the below link.
Young Innovators for Educators
Young Innovators Tools - Overview
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.
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.
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.
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. However, there is a Young Innovators training programme being rolled out by Climate-KIC partners in several European countries during 2019. Although most of the schools they will be working with will be signed up for collaboration this year.
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.