- Daniel Sipe
- Orono, ME
- United States
Student , Alpha Delta
Innovation In Schools
I go to the University of Maine and am getting a minor in Innovation Engineering. we were recently posed the question of how to bring innovation in to the public schools. We do not include very many aspects of innovation at this point. the idea that I came up with is to turn the already implemented program gifted and talented into a class not an exclusive organization.
Gifted and talented is a group designed to make you think of creative ways to solve problems, for instance some of the tasks I remember completing were building a bridge out of spaghetti and organizing liquids into different densities in a straw. They often involve applying math and science in a very creative way. There are ways you could include business by having the kids come up with an idea and figuring out how to market it.
Many kids are left of this program; because they aren’t considered smart enough. Well often those kids that aren’t considered smart are just not getting the kind of stimulation they need.
The biggest problem with the way Gifted and talented is being implemented is that it is very exclusive; you have to be asked to join. But it is some of the only stuff I remember about elementary school because it didn’t just teach you concepts but how to use those concepts.
The implementation of this program I think would be fairly easy because many schools already have a paid teaching position for Gifted and Talented. If schools do not have this program already then it would be one extra teacher. But I feel that the implementation would not only turn out smarter people but more creative people as well.