I was thrilled to be a presenter at the Aldrich Museum and Ridgefield Library’s creativity conference, Advancing Creative Thinking : Imagination to Innovation, which took place April 27 – 28 at the museum in Ridgefield, CT.
I came to learn more about George Washington Carver in the mid-1970s when I was doing research for the children’s book I was developing called “The Peanut Plan”.
“It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, not the amount of money one has in the bank that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success.” George Washington Carver.
Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award talks about divergent thinking and the education system. His is only one point of view, but he raises some interesting points.
Parents of aspiring young inventors provide guidance and usable supplies for their children’s creations. If your child has taken an interest in inventing, ensure his safety and stimulate his curiosity with safe supplies. Keep supplies organized neatly and only offer equipment that is age-appropriate for your youngster. Providing your child with a variety of supplies will help bring her or his dreams to life.
What are you doing right now? If you’re at a table eating a meal, you may want to consider using your napkin as a creative problem solving tool! Author Dan Roam has written two books that show how casual writing and drawing on napkins aids in the problem solving process.
According to a recent study at the U.S. College of William and Mary, children are falling behind in their ability to be creative. From 1958, when the first Torrance Test of Creativity was administered to almost 400 children from kindergarten to grade six, to 1990, creativity has been on the upswing. But the opposite has been happening since then.