Kids Invent! programmes are created to foster creative thinking, inventing and entrepreneurial enterprise among children. Professors Ed Sobey and Tim Stearns developed it at the Institute for Developing Entrepreneurial Action (IDEA) at The Sid Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno as part of the Kids Invent Toys programme (http://kidsinvent.org).
Thousands of students have benefited from participating in Kids Invent! Programs. They have become more confident, self-directed learners, active contributors and concerned global citizens, who are better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Kids Invent! provides a holistic and organic or natural way to learn. It is how Thomas Edison learned. It is how corporations today learn and develop new products and services. It is how children learn best. Children love the experience and are eager to engage in more stimulating projects and holiday camps are the best way to harness this learning experience in a controlled learning environment.
The Launching of Kids Invent! YIM-Genting Malaysia was held at Technology Park, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10th November 2011.
Welcome address by Dr Raslan Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer of Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia
Speech by YB Datuk Ir. Dr. Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Minister of Education, Malaysia
At this Kids Invent! workshop, the first challenge was to use re-cycled paper to make a castle tower and walls to surround it, without tape or glue or stapler, that can withstand sieges from invading armies. They can bend, fold, roll or cut the paper.
Kuala Lumpur 4, Oct 2011 – 150 primary school students had an inspiring time at Kids Invent! 2011 in the National Library of Malaysia today.
The one day event was hosted by Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM), in partnership with LylesCenter for Innovation and Entreprenuership, USA and in collaboration of ExxonMobil.
The workshop provides a unique blend of education, invention, and entrepreneurship activities that would ignite children’s natural curiosity, challenging them to be creative, problem solving, and able to apply their ideas into creations.
The children, aged 11 and 12 were divided into groups and were given basic materials such as cereal boxes, milk cartons, old newspapers, clothes pegs, straws etc. Each group was required to build a complete castle with canons, pneumatic blast and a catapult.
They were only allowed to use the given materials or anything they could find in the surrounding area to complete the task. They exhibited amazing amount of creativity with their ideas designing each one of those, meanwhile there were also kids looking at the other groups were able to improvise the strategy, and concept with their innovative critical thinking.
The highlight of the event was the presentation from every group on the working inventions that they have created including catapult and pneumatic blast.
Kids Invent! is a learning model that was adopted by Thomas Edison and many other inventors on kids designed to teach them about science, math, invention, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity through the engagement with adult-led hands-on projects.
The children were from SK Setiawangsa, SK Dato Keramat 1, SK Desa Setapak , SJK (T) Fletcher, SK Jln Raja Muda Musa, SJKC Chong Hwa , SK Tmn Ehsan around Kuala Lumpur.
YIM encourages partners to co-host Kids Invent! In the future. Interested parties do contact YIM office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03-89941714 .
KidsInvent is a program developed at the California State University especially for school children. It can be fun-filled, hands-on 2-hour, 4-hour, 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Workshop; or it can be conducted once a week for 2 hours for 8 consecutive weeks. It is targeted for kids aged 5 -15. KidsInvent Program utilizes the broad range of skill-sets needed for creative thinking, inventing and entrepreneurial enterprise to develop multiple facets of a child’s intelligence and psyche.
7 Ways Your Child Will Benefit
Kids Invent Programs equip children with impressive sets of skills, developing in them attitudes crucial to their success in any endeavor-academic and non-academic. These programs will:
Stimulate creative instincts through invention.
Help participants understand and utilize scientific principles through experimentation.
Develop tactile & co-ordination skills by building mock-ups.
Help develop a problem-solving mindset to improve on designs.
Improve language & presentation skills.
Demonstrate the value of teamwork.
Encourage spirit of entrepreneurship.
Kids Invent from Lyles Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno and American Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, LLC are partners of YIM
KidsInvent! in Technology Park Malaysia,Bukit Jalil on 9th April 2011
KidsInvent! in Technology Park Malaysia,Bukit Jalil on 9th April 2011
YIM (Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia), in partnership with JPNIN(Jabatan Perpaduan Negara dan Integrasi Nasional), (Lyles Center) Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California State University, Fresno and the (AIIE) American Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship have successfully conducted their first ever KidsInvent!, the hottest kids’ workshop on Science and Maths in Malaysia. The workshop was attended by 120 children. It was held in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.
The video above include interviews with En Rizal, Businessman; Mr Guna, Manager; Mr Herbert Pan, Project Manager; Mrs Chandrawani, IT Officer; Mrs Teo, Housewife; and Puan Faridah, Housewife.
You’ll also find interviews with Y Bhg Dato’ Azman Amin, Director General, Department of National Unity; Dr Ed Sobey, Founder, Kids Invent! and Dr Raslan Ahmad, CEO, Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia.
They mentioned how it will help to train the Malaysian kids. That the kids will enjoy creative learning, acquire self independence, generate new ideas and network from an early age. Dr Ed Sobey said that Malaysia is the right country at the right time for such a program because of its strong emphasis on innovation. Dr Raslan mentioned that Malaysia is promoting the culture of creativity and innovation especially for young kids. The whole idea is to prepare all Malaysians towards an innovation led economy and eventually transform the entire society towards a high, advanced economy.
You will also find interviews with the kids. They said they had lots of fun and they learned many things, including how to think out of the box!
KidsInvent! in Financial Park, Labuan on 18 April 2011
Ask the kids at Labuan if Kids Invent! is fun and if Science is fun and you know what…?
KidsInvent! Water Rocket at the open space opposite Labuan Financial Park, Malaysia on 18 April 2011
The kids are allowed to have loads of fun. Then we gather them and have a short science session, and they really learned a lot. No, it’s not the same as the teacher telling them, and they taking notes.
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Exchange (MoU) Memorandum Of Understanding
Exchanging of MoU between Dr Raslan Ahmad, CEO, Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia and Prof Dr Timothy Stearns, Executive Director, Lyles Center for Innovation and Entreprenership, California State University, Fresno.
Exchanging of MoU between Dr Raslan Ahmad, CEO, Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia and Mr James Chua, American Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
A group photo taken after the exchange of MoU.
Prof Dr Timothy Stearns Speaks At AYFIC
Professor Dr Timothy Stearns delivering his keynote address at (AYFIC) Asean Youth Forum on Innovation and Creativity on 18th April 2011 at Labuan F.T. Malaysia.
Press Conference At AYFIC
Press Conference at (AYFIC) Asean Youth Forum on Innovation and Creativity on 18th April 2011 at Labuan F.T. Malaysia.
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