Experience

Creative Problem Solving Today

Each Mind Missions lesson includes a Problem-Based learning (PBL) challenge. Students work in teams to devise a solution to historical and geographical STEAM problems.

Each lesson contains a mission challenge based on an actual geographical or historical problem. Students study the mission outcome guidelines and critically discuss potential solutions.  They create a code for World War II, build a monument, or start an advertising campaign.

Then students collaboratively and creatively generate a unique solution to the problem. Throughout the process, students use design thinking to generate ideas, imagine solutions, innovate, create, test, and re-engineer for successful implementation. They evaluate their work for successful design, outcome, and ingenuity. When mission innovations fail, students re-design and grow as designers and team members. Finally, teams present their solution to the class and test their mission success.

Design Thinking

Coming up with an idea is easy. Coming up with the right one takes work. Using the Design Thinking problem solving methodology teaches students a different approach to problem solving.

Problem Based Learning

Open ended problems with no obvious solutions are scary. Students work Hands-on, Minds-on to create solutions to messy, real-world problems.

STEAM Skills

Adding a humanities lens to traditional approaches to problem solving helps students expand their understanding of the world around them.

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

B.C. Forbes

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