Alexandrea Dillon guided a student through an investigation of accidental inventions based on the American Genius: Perseverance activity. Her student explored how perseverance in the face of failure has resulted in groundbreaking discoveries. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Learning the Value of Perseverance
By Koen Timmers Why do people invent? What is the purpose of innovation? Earning (more) money? Making people’s lives easier, more interesting? Make the world more sustainable? Sadly enough, in many cases innovation is based on financial benefits. So, it’s time to connect students around the world focusing on innovations that make the world more sustainable. This is how the Innovation Project was born. The … Continue reading Innovation Project: 515 Schools, 85 Countries Focusing On Sustainability And Innovation
By Ryan Schleeter, National Geographic Imagine a platform powerful enough to help first responders direct aid in conflict zones, fuel civil society, encourage participation in young democracies, and provide crucial access to information for underserved communities—all at a rapid pace and at the touch of a button. Now imagine this platform is already in your pocket. More than three billion people worldwide already have mobile … Continue reading Can a Mobile Phone Spark Development?
BUSINESS Frustration and failure fuel Dyson’s success In this terrific interview, Sir James Dyson explains how his innovative designs—the bagless vacuum cleaner made him a billionaire—only succeeded because of his past failures. Discussion ideas: Watch this short video (“Turning Failure into Nobel Gold“), in which chemist Martin Chalfie describes “the real way science is done.” Chalfie’s colleague Osamu Shimomura conducted experiment after experiment where “Nothing worked!” … Continue reading Failure is the Best Medicine