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Here you will find information on creative problem-solving. I’ve included engineering, design thinking, makers, human-centered design, and creativity resources.

Stanford – ​ (in particular – Tools for Taking Action)
Human-Centered Design – and
Innovators’ Compass –

Tinker Kit Educators Guide –  Tinker Kit Educators Guide
Launch Book & Resources –
Innovators’ Compass –
Design Thinking for Educators –
Maker Ed –
Harvard Project Zero – Visible Thinking –
Harvard Project Zero – Agency by Design –
Copper Hewitt Educator Resources –

DesignKit – mindsets & methods

Wayland High Innovation Realization Lab
SDGs in Action UN School Hanoi
Innovation Lab Schools Projects

Duke School Magazine – Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021
Ashoka – Stories for Early Changemaking –
What If? –
Teaching Entrepreneurship using Sprint (July 2018)
Design Sprints for Kids: Unlocking the next generation’s creativity


Obvious to You, Amazing to Others –
How Wolves Change Rivers –
Molly – GE Commercial –
Trampoline – Kero Kero Bonito –
What If – Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Youth Choir
Flash mob in the Copenhagen Metro
Lost Things –
The Girl Effect –
A Story of Mixed Emoticons –
Free Hugs –
Your elusive creative genius TED talk –
Hexaflexagons –
Playing for Change –

Launch Book & Resources –
Empower –
Creating Innovators –
Make Space –
The Third Teacher –
Creative Confidence –
Big Magic –
A Makerspace in the Science Area – Big Questions for Young Minds book by NAEYC-
Making and Tinkering With STEM –
Design a Better Business
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
The Most Magnificent Thing (good book for intro with younger students – before beginning prototyping)
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Invent to Learn –  
How to be an Explorer of the World –
Tinkerlab –

Prototyping on paper (great for App Design)
Floorplanner (great for room redesign)
Tinkercad (3D prototypes)

Tackling Heropreneurship –
Design Dash Remixable –
Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach –
STEM Teaching Tools ​-
K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces Google Group!forum/k-12-fablabs
Maker Resources –
Pinterest –
Venture Lab –
EPICS K-12 –
Engineering Information, Careers, Games, and Projects – (thank you for sharing Lizabeth!)

Design Challenge Notebook click here
Online Resources and Books
Participant Worksheet
Design Thinking Cheat Sheet
Design Thinking Summary

Innovation Blog Posts

Project Ideas from BITlab year in review

Below from Poster Bombing — One of the projects from my Making for Social Good class involved encouraging students to design posters about social justice and creating a strong visual presence on campus. Over 20 posters were designed using Canva and posted outside the BITlab in the lobby of the STEM building. Vinyl Screen Printing — Students in…

Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life is a way to apply design thinking to your own life. I especially am enjoying some of the free resources here. Go to the Resources page and sign in then look for the Worksheets and Discussion questions.

Creative Work is Like Working Out

I really like this video both to show to teachers and to middle school students. I feel like it helps to debunk so many of the myths surrounding creativity. For more wonderfulness on creativity and life check out Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

How We Make the Shift as Teachers and Leaders from AJ Juliani

I loved this post What happens when students embrace design thinking? I especially found the below paragraph and chart incredibly helpful: Design thinking helps lays the groundwork for making this shift. When we shift from preparing students for what’s next, to helping them prepare for anything, a world of possibilities open up in their learning. How…

Ada Lovelace & “Combinatory Play”

“One of the most interesting and timeless aspects of Lovelace’s story is that her foray into programming bore the mark of what Albert Einstein called “combinatory play,”which he considered the key characteristic of how his mind worked and which bespeaks the combinatorial nature of all creativity — the ability to connect the seemingly unconnected by…