Chasing Innovation is an online program designed for high school students, to introduce them with the idea of innovation generation and to broaden their vision by showing that they can be part of innovation generation too.
Our aim was to equip the high school students with the hard and soft skills they need like “3D Modeling, Coding, Design Thinking, Problem Oriented View, Mindfulness, Growth Mindset, Personal Development and Creativity” , in order to shorten the gap between innovation ecosystem and young high school students we conducted an extensive learning program. Upon the completion of the program, the students were asked to make a prototype of their product and test it using the maker tools we provided.
During 6 weeks the students had the chance to focus on many subjects, the program consisted soft and hard skill training where students first imbibed team working and other self-enriching skills like mindfulness, active listening. At this stage students were asked to developed a project to solve a problem in their everyday life using design thinking techniques. proceeding stage of the program consisted 15-20 hours of tech-oriented training where students had the chance to work with real equipment like 3D printer to produce a prototype of their project. at the end they had to chance to present their accomplishments to Pirelli board, improving their public speaking skills.
The following hard and soft skills were provided to the participating students by following the design thinking steps and the educational contents; organizational skills, self-discipline, confidence, oral presentation, giving feedback, brainstorming, leadership, teamwork empathy, growth mindset, optimism, creativity, problem solving, observation skills, teamwork, awareness, strategy formulation, asking right questions, open-mindedness, research and analyzing. These skills were mainly focused on making the students more creative and innovative instead of an end-product focused approach. The skills that students acquire will be beneficial to them through their lives.
Chasing Innovation Pilot Program Recap Video
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