Fired by a passion to enhance the learning of 21st Century Competencies in Schools, we will fill up 2012 with a long string of events. So check our Calendar of Events to find out what’s happening in and around Singapore in 2012. Click on Calendar.
Watch video below showing glimpses of Kids Invent! Singapore and Malaysia during 2011. This year 2012, look out for more and better workshops, camps and training sessions for kids, trainers, licensees, master partners, educators and parents in Malaysia, Singapore and …
Kids Invent! is the world’s leading provider of innovation based kids learning activities that stimulate the creative interests and abilities of children ages 7 – 15. We at California State University develop, publish and distribute learning activities for after school, in school, home school, summer, holiday and vacation camps, museum workshops, clubs and special event programs.
Kids Invent! Learning Activities foster learning experiences that are as engrossing and entertaining as they are educational. To achieve this unique blend of education, invention, and entrepreneurship Kids Invent! has adopted the learning model used by Thomas Edison and thousands of other inventors, and applied it to learning for kids.
Professors Ed Sobey and Timothy M. Stearns developed the first kids invent summer camp as an outreach program for California State University, Fresno, California. Their goal was to stimulate learning by having kids experience the creative and entrepreneurial excitement that drives inventors. Interest at other universities, science museums, and schools throughout the US led them to expand the curriculum and distribute it through a company, Kids Invent!
It can be of various durations of fun-filled, hands-on 2-hour, 4-hour, 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Workshop. KidsInvent Program utilizes the broad range of skill-sets needed for creative thinking, inventing and entrepreneurial enterprise to develop multiple facets of a child’s intelligence and psyche.
7 Ways Your Child Will Benefit
Kids Invent Programs equip children with impressive sets of skills, developing in them attitudes crucial to their success in any endeavor-academic and non-academic. These programs will:
Stimulate creative instincts through invention.
Help participants understand and utilize scientific principles through experimentation.
Develop tactile & co-ordination skills by building mock-ups.
Help develop a problem-solving mindset to improve on designs.
How To Enhance The Learning Of 21st Century Competencies in Schools?
This program is by Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno.
Date: Thursday 19th April 2012.
Venue: I-Connect Surbana One Level 1, Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150168.
Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education touched upon the move towards a Student-Centric, Values-Driven Education and your need to teach and measure 21st Century Competencies. There are three broad areas highlighted in his speech:
- Student-centric Education: Enabling All Students to Succeed
- School-based, Teacher-led Excellence: Empowering Schools and Educators to Do the Best for Each Student
- Working with Parents and the Community: Enhancing Partnerships
Our global evangelist for Creativity, Dr Ed Sobey, will be in Singapore in April this year. As part of his visit to support adoption of such skills like Creativity, Innovation, Problem-solving, Critical-thinking and Entrepreneurship skills, we are offering the opportunity for a limited number of educators to be accredited as Certified Teachers in 21st Century Skills.
Accreditation will involve live training by Dr Sobey followed by practicum. Upon successful completion, graduates will be awarded certificates by Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno.
Dr Sobey is a well-known figure in the education industry and in the creativity world. He co-founded at Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno, the Kids Invent!® Programme. This programme strongly fosters and promotes 21st Century skills and is adopted by many leading institutions across the world.
Benefits of our Kids Invent!® programme:
1. Our activities will help participants understand and utilize scientific principles through experimentation.
2. It will stimulate creative instincts through invention and develop a problem-solving mindset to improve on designs.
3. A child who has attended a Kids Invent!® programme will also develop tactile and co-ordination skills by building mock-ups.
4. They will be able to demonstrate the value of teamwork.
5. Our Programme will improve the language and presentation skills of the participants; including encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Kids Invent!® programme promotes life long learning and creativity and cultivate skills that will help them succeed in the 21st Century. Kids Invent!® Learning Programmes are appropriate for schools, as integrated curriculum, co-curriculum, after school care, holiday enrichment and off campus learning and wherever kids are eager to experience hands on innovative learning.
We take great pleasure in inviting your School to embrace and adopt this Programme with us. We believe that this programme will be the answer to enabling our teachers as well as nurturing and preparing our young for the 21st Century. Let your School be first in becoming a 21st Century School – be part of this exciting “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship” movement!
Enable your Teachers and pupils on their creative learning journey Today!
Please call Vincent (HP: 91682123) for a discussion on how your school and educators can be the first few to be 21st Century accredited by Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Professor Dr Timothy Stearns,
NOTE: Upon completion all participants will receive a certificate of participation by American Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, LLC.
Facilitation of children is required to complete the 21 hours of practicum training which have to be verified by AIIE Management Staff in Singapore. Upon completion the Teacher can request for a “Certificate of Qualification for Teaching 21st Century Skills” issued by Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno, California. This is subject to payment of Certification Fee of $130 per certificate.
Have you heard of the post of Chief Innovation Officer? Well Edward De Bono created one called Chief Ideas Officer.
For companies to benefit from lateral thinking, they have to appoint a chief thinking officer, he said, who is on par with the chief financial and operations officers.
“The job will be about teaching the appropriate thinking skills to the workforce; about setting up a process whereby the ideas and innovations that emerge are heard and evaluated; and putting structures in place that take the selected innovations and act on them.
“You should not only be looking at new ideas, but also at ways of simplifying, of doing old things in a new way, more efficiently.”
He believes too many strategic decisions are driven by inputting data into a computer, and the resulting analysis sets corporate strategy.
“This is very dangerous, because unless you can look at the data in different ways you are locked into the old concepts. This is where a human’s interpretation and thought processes cannot be replaced by a machine.”
The ability to look at data in different ways is critical for leaders in today’s society. Dr de Bono believes that there is great power in asking “why not?” more often – why not do it this way? why not try that? “When someone says we cannot do this or that, you as leader should ask – why not?”
“Creative people often put the emphasis on the novelty – this is a new idea, no-one has thought of it; and so on. Novelty is not a good currency – it is risk. But, if you focus on the benefits from the new ideas, people are more likely to agree to their implementation.”
However, new ideas alone are not sufficient. There needs to be some sort of structure, with someone responsible for making it happen – the chief ideas officer.
Taken from an event in Dubai, November 6 2008, co-hosted by Knowledge Network (knet) and Global Leaders.
Kids Invent Camp on 17th December 2010 in Singapore-Photo of the Happy Kids.
Kids Invent is a program that develops and fosters 21st century skills.
It is a wildly creative workshop for children aged 6 to 14 years. It inculcates skills like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity & innovation. It ignites these qualities through a hands-on experience through a child’s natural instinct to play. (http://atc21s.org)
(KI!) camps were created by Edwin Sobey, Ph.D., author of “Inventing Stuff,” a kid’s guide to inventing and creativity, and executive producer/host of “The Idea Factory,” a television show on science, technology and creativity for kids in U.S.A.
During the Camp, the children will create their own Toys.
7 Benefits for your Child
• Stimulate creative instincts through Invention
• Help participants understand and utilize scientific principles through experimentation
• Develop tactile & co-ordination skills by building mock-ups
• Help develop a problem-solving mindset to improve on designs.
• Improve language & presentation skills
• Demonstrate the value of teamwork
• Encourage spirit of Entrepreneurship
Camp fee $495 – 5 days December 5th – 9th M – F, 9am – 5pm (Fees include materials + Halal Lunch)
Registration fee $30
Early Bird Special price of $413. Register by 15th Nov 2011.
To Enroll Your Child:
Click here for the Registration Form, print and fill it up and mail it together with a cheque as per the instructions in the form
Contact: Vincent 9168 2123 Email: vincent [@] americaniie.com
There are a limited number of seats, available on a first come, first served basis. So hurry! Book now!
Or you may click the “Add to Cart” button below now!
Oh, I almost forgot. In case you already have some previous engagements and could not attend the wildly creative, fun and exciting 5 Days $413 Holiday Camp but would like to attend for only two days, click the drop-down menu to select 2 Days $208.00 and then Click the “Add to Cart” button.
The two-day camps will be held on the following dates and venues:
(1) 21 & 22 Nov at SAFRA Tampines
(2) 28 & 29 Nov at SAFRA Yishun
(3) 12 & 13 Dec at SAFRA Mount Faber