By Prionka Ray
3 November, 2014
Research shows that creativity and logic reside in two different hemispheres of the brain and that’s why some children are more inclined to be creative while others tend to be more logical. Research also indicates that if nurtured early, both sides of the brain can be activated and trained for a holistic approach to an individual. This is where “Design Thinking” comes in.
“Design Thinking” fosters exploration and analysis of relevant information while it allows a creative approach to problem solving. It also accommodates varied interests and abilities through project-based learning and focuses on personal initiatives. “Design Thinking” is the core of the programs developed by the social enterprise, Social Change in Action (SoCh). SoCH aims to sensitize children to various challenges in the community and to ignite their passion to think and to act in solving them. As an exclusive country partner for Change (DFC) Challenge, SoCh is a part of a world-wide initiative that reaches over twenty-five million children. SoCh works with children under the age of fifteen, to create robust self-awareness, social and environmental consciousness, and confidence.
SoChu introduced a new holiday program called “Future Inventor” that is especially designed for children age nine to thirteen. Even though the “Future Inventor” program is based on the concepts of design thinking, it incorporates many active indoor and outdoor activities along with craft and drawing, to ensure that the children are more involved and having fun.
During the custom designed program that spans three to four days, the kids design, build and test their own prototype, all while learning about problem solving, collaboration and experimentation. Led by innovator consultant and founder of FreshBulb, Julie Beusmans, the program coaxes the kids to activate both their creative and logical sides to carry out innovative design process and to create their own designed prototype. This prototype, however, is designed for a friend, and that is where the third aspect of design thinking—empathy—comes forth. Empathy ties in creativity and logic as it encourages a child to view failures as learning opportunities towards success.
For more information on SoCh or the Future Inventor program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 91786553/ 63396453.
Prionka Ray is a mother, writer, educator and a communication consultant. She blogs for social causes and is a registered volunteer-mentor for “kids at risk” at the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore (MSF). Her first book, Sia, was published in February 2012.