Brains, Cheetos, and a Theory of Creativity

(The final installment of my blog posts about the B.Phl Innovation Festival. Here’s the first post.  Here’s the second.) On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 31 of the 54 students enrolled in NOVA Lab attended the third day of the first annual B.Phl Innovation Festival. While our trip was somewhat shortened (traffic on the abominable SchukyllContinue reading “Brains, Cheetos, and a Theory of Creativity”

Philadelphia’s B.Phl Innovation Festival

A few weeks ago one of the students in NOVA Lab informed me of an innovation festival being hosted in Philadelphia.   After checking it out on the web, I was convinced this would be a place for our students to learn why innovation and design thinking were so important to the economy they’d soon beContinue reading “Philadelphia’s B.Phl Innovation Festival”

When a Plan Comes Together

Since Phil Holcombe’s Monday discussion with our classes on the value and methods of branding, we’ve been discovering the common signals that seem to emanate from the documents we’ve explored about this class and others like it. Today we got to the point where the two classes had (as smaller groups) defined their common signalsContinue reading “When a Plan Comes Together”

Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus

‘Broke out the good ‘ol “Disruptus” box and moved kids through a quick cycle of combinatory innovation.  Presentations had to point to what the original objects were, then who they designed for, why they needed it, and how it worked.  Though light-hearted, the presentations were prefaced by asking students to treat themselves as professionals.  That’sContinue reading “Nova Lab Day 8: Disruptus Amongus”

Design Thinking for College Admissions

I received the letter below from one of the counselors at my HS today.  As a recap, I piloted a Design Thinking and Open Source Learning class last year for 13 students.  For several reasons it didn’t fill up enough this year, but with the endorsement below, I’m hoping to be off and running likeContinue reading “Design Thinking for College Admissions”