CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY KEYS TO THE FUTURE
The increasing rate of technological development creates new opportunities for, and expectations on all of us. Many young people will grow up to work in professions that we have not yet heard of, while routine tasks will be carried out by robots. Creativity and problem-solving skills will become crucial for everybody, as will the confidence to dare to try out new ideas. Everyone will also need a greater understanding of technology.
Strawbees provides a complete solution for developing a powerful skill set for the future through hands-on exploration and working with design, construction, electronics and programming. Our open-ended system creates opportunities for fun and engaging experiences for beginners and experts of all ages.
CULTIVATING INVENTION LITERACY
“Invention literacy is the ability to read and write human-made stuff, from toasters to apps.”
How could we “read and write human-made stuff”? Jay Silver who first introduced this concept shares our view of us being able to cultivate our ability to look at objects or computer programs, grasp what they are about – and train ourselves to gradually be able to come up with new ideas, invent, with more ease as we gain experience.
Inventors don’t perform magic. Once we are familiar with the basic building blocks of invention, such as understanding mechanisms, movement, construction, design, electronics, programming and whatever else is relevant to the object we need to write – then we can put these blocks together in new, innovative ways. Much like building blocks such as vocabulary, grammar, spelling and sounds help us understand what we read and organise our texts to make sense when we write.