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COLUMN: Utilizing engineering and creative thinking at Covenant Christian

Posted: Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:00 am

This past week was Engineers Week, which celebrates how engineers make a difference by creating innovations and encourages children to think like engineers. Engineering simply means that we look at problems and try to solve them using creative thinking. Creative problem solving is a much needed skill in today’s world, and every area of our curriculum uses this skill. Students use scientific order, research innovations in history, write and draw their findings, designs, and directions, and find the mathematical principles and patterns to execute their ideas. It’s important to cultivate creative thinking in our children even when they’re not at school, and there are plenty of easy and inexpensive ways to do this at home.

Be willing to try new things. It’s helpful to expose your children to new kinds of experiences, art and design styles, food, books and music. Asking our children to try a “bite” of something new exposes them to different mediums for inspiration and they may find they like something they didn’t think they would like. It also gives us the opportunity to show them how to express why they like or don’t like something.

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