Children's Innovation Project
The Children's Innovation Project aims to engage young children in broad interdisciplinary learning, with a focus on creative exploration, expression and innovation with technology. Children explore and learn about electricity and simple circuits through hands-on engagement with Circuit Blocks and other raw materials, developing habits of mind to notice - wonder - persist. Children make connections to objects in their world - specifically through imagining about the insides of electronic toys, opening them to notice carefully, identifying components and then repurposing and reconfiguring their internal components into new circuits and new ideas. Our approach to technology as raw material permits us to view it as a means to learning, not an end. Inside and across many subject areas, children develop precision of language, collaboration, and flexibility and fearlessness in problem solving. Children are empowered with new relationships and understandings of the world around them, and learn a new set of expressive tools.