Check out a Free Scamper Activity in my Store. This product features 9 SCAMPER activities in which students design a new instrument. Promotes creative thinking and students have a blast designing and creating a new instrument.
The SCAMPER strategy is one of the most popular creative thinking strategies used in the world of business to generate new ideas for new concepts and products. Think about all the different types of Oreo cookie products. Have your students use the same SCAMPER strategy to generate new ideas to develop new instruments. The students can brainstorm all the various ways to elaborate on the original design of the instrument. Then they should follow through by making the new instrument and advertising the new instrument. This is a project based assignment that can result in an "Invention Convention" showcase or class presentation. The thinking skills, communication skills, and design skills used in this project are connected to common core standards and 21st Century standards. This is the type of thinking that business and industry wants our education system to produce. Let's start early!!
I have found that my most advanced students love designing new products and can complete these activities as independent studies with minimal support. The original product creation has surprised me. Don't underestimate gifted students' ability to complete these independent projects. You will be amazed. Don't forget to allow them to show off these projects in a showcase or a class presentation.
Promotes S.T.E.M. in the classroom!