So, this is what I am working on right now. Last year, we implemented our first prototype of our Young Innovator Program and it was very much a prototype. It was a dipping of our toes into the water of digital creation and creativity/design. The kids were working on a range of segmented and isolated skills and as valuable as it was, I have always known we needed to take it to the next level this year – especially (at first) for our older students. So, we come to our Moonshot Program. This is Prototype 2.
It’s helpful to think back to where this started. At the end of 2015, when we had a ThinkTank with our community, we generated a range of ideas from which there were clear patterns or categories. The ‘safe bets’ were very much based around after school clubs. Many of the ‘darling’ ideas were to do with industry interaction, kick-starters and entrepreneurship – see below:
The below flyer is only a draft. I am meeting with several people over the next week and hoping that their input can further shape the potential and possibilities of our ideas. The idea of a ‘moonshot’ (“Moonshot Kids”) is fascinating for me. Seth Godin: “Your art is what you do when no one can tell you exactly how to do it. Your art is the act of taking personal responsibility, challenging the status quo, and changing people.” And I would like to think that part of my work in my own work situation does this. I would like to think that I challenge people and that I am brave enough and confident enough to keep doing this. Moonshot Thinking came from Google’s “Solve for X” project and has its roots in the genius of crazy, audacious ideas from people who don’t believe there is a ceiling to what they can do.
From the video:
We are a species of moonshot thinking – People can set their minds to magical, seemingly impossible ideas and bring them to reality through innovation, science, and technology. This sets others on fire.
Human progress has been a series of amazing, audacious things, Our ambitions are a glass ceiling in what we can accomplish. When you find your passion you are unstoppable. You can make amazing things happen. It has been true through history. I believe in the human spirit.
If we become afraid to take these risks, we stop inspiring people, we stop achieving things. The biggest nightmare scenario is that we won’t have what it takes to solve the really big challenges.
The power of moonshot thinking is the mindset it harnesses and supports – the idea that problems can be identified by anyone and that solutions can be attained. The enormous attraction for me of the Digital Technologies curriculum is that at its heart is the creation of digital solutions. Deserving of this focus are our students and 10-12 yr olds are more than capable of working to develop the mindset, skill-set and toolset that this requires.