GEMS Head of School Message: Creating the Space for Creativity

In my third blog post on the topic of “The Future of Education I want to focus on a key element which underpins much of the spirit of being an innovator, artist or an entrepreneur. That is… design.

The International Baccalaureate course called Design, is one of the key components of the Middle Years Programme (MYP). The MYP uses the design cycle as a way to structure:

  • inquiry and analysis of design problems
  • development and creation of feasible solutions
  • testing and evaluation of students’ models, prototypes, products or systems (1)

Here at GEMS World Academy (Singapore), we recognise the importance of the design cycle and how “through design, children learn that they have the power to change the world” (2).

We are about to embark on a new strategic plan which is united by a focus on innovation. The design cycle is a key element of this initiative and will be the catalyst for much of the construction of our students’ creative thinking, practical problem solving and decision making.

To lead in this area of education, GEMS (Singapore) is embarking on a large development project.

We have already started creating our plans for a design centre which will be equipped with the latest educational resources.

Once completed, this centre will be a hub for the future “technopreneurs” and artists…our students. The new design centre will be an inspirational space for students to stretch their thinking and create exciting but practical solutions for our current world issues.

Robert L. Peters said:

“Design creates culture.
Culture shapes values.
Values determine the future.”

It is my aspiration that our students are enabled to have the capacity to design the future.

 

References

(1) http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/curriculum/design/

(2) https://web.stanford.edu/dept/SUSE/taking-design/presentations/Taking-design-to-school.pdf

 


Richard Henry
, Head of School

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