Tell them to interview everyone that they can think of to find out what problems need solutions.
What kind of invention, tool, game, device, or idea would be helpful at home, work, or during leisure time?
Make sure to follow the rules for brainstorming in Activity 1.
Step 4: Using literature, ask your students to create a new ending to a story, change a character or situation within a story, or create a new beginning for the story that would result in the same ending.
Step Five: To illustrate why record-keeping is important, read the following story about Daniel Drawbaugh who said that he invented the telephone, but didn't have one single paper or record to prove it.
Long before Alexander Graham Bell filed a patent application in 1875, Daniel Drawbaugh claimed to have invented the telephone.
Throughout the years, many creative thinking skills models and programs have been generated from educators, seeking to describe the essential elements of thinking and/or to develop a systematic approach to teaching thinking skills as part of the school curricula.
Three models are illustrated below in this introduction.
Ask the students to list many new uses for a familiar object by using the Scamper technique with regard to the object.
You could use a paper plate, to begin with, and see how many new things the students will discover.