Inspiring young people to become innovators
The Education for Innovation (E4I) resources are designed to help teachers guide learners through the four phases of the Innovation Cycle. Students are inspired to Inquire, Ideate, Incubate and Implement their innovations to make an Impact! Educators may use these free, bilingual resources to develop innovation and problem-solving skills, in classrooms and other settings.
Through my experiences as a teacher candidate at Nipissing University, I strongly believe that the Education for Innovation resources are an essential component to cultivating a culture of innovation in our schools. Innovation is not an isolated learning experience that fits into one portion of our instructional day. Instead, it is an ongoing process that continually takes place in the ideas and actions of our students. As teachers, we need to provide students with innovative opportunities that foster learning and support their passions and interests. Through the Education for Innovation resources, I have seen first hand how one idea for an innovation project can improve students’ confidence and skills, and also inspire them to take their learning beyond the classroom walls.
– Presley Sibbick
Our classroom focus on Innovation has been very rewarding this year. [ … ] These innovation-related experiences created much new learning and awareness. Most importantly, we created a community of innovators in our classroom[…]Children learned that innovation requires collaboration and teamwork. I would often start the activity time by saying, “Let the innovation begin” and the children then knew that teamwork time was beginning!
– Judy Scholtz, Junior and Senior Kindergarten/Early Years Teacher. St. Nicholas School, Waterloo, ON
Education for Innovation Resources (E4I)
The Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) works with partners to establish a more deeply engrained culture of innovation in Canada. Together with Nipissing University’s Schulich School of Education, the RHF launched three educational resources that teachers can use to teach innovation skills from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
The free, bilingual resources support K-12 curriculum across Canada and focus on innovation skills that can be applied across a range of subjects and sectors, including the arts, physical education, health, science and social studies.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about the E4I resources and organize a presentation at your school. Download the resources now.
Once your students have completed their innovation projects upload them to the innovation showcase.