How can you turn your school into the best school in the world? This is the challenge 75 Danish 8th grade pupils were facing in the Innovation Challenge. The teachers facilitated the innovation process as the pupils came up with ideas about what to improve, and creative solutions to these. Finally, the pupils presented their ideas on a fair in school, where the judges evaluated the various ideas on creativity, value and presentation and chose a winner. The ideas ranged from having yoga in school in order to improve academic achievement, to making a grand screen of solar panels, blocking off the noise in classrooms from children playing in the schoolyard, as well as providing the school with a greener energy source. The evaluation of the Innovation Challenge showed that the pupils experienced a high degree of creative thinking, value-making as well as having to make quick decisions – and they were having fun! However, the Innovation Challenge has not made a lasting change in the school, probably due to the fact, that the pupils were urged to be as creative as possible, thus making some of their ideas quite difficult to implement. As the pupils were told, “It is more fun to tame a wild idea than to revive a lifeless idea!”

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Hvordan kan man gøre sin skole til den bedste I verden? Det er udfordringen som 75 danske 8. klasses elever fik i Innovation Challenge. Lærerne faciliterede innovations processen, hvor eleverne fik ideer til hvad der kunne forbedres og kreative løsninger på dette. Til slut præsenterede eleverne deres ideer på en markedsbod på skolen, hvor juryen evaluerede de forskellige ideer på kreativitet, værdi og præsentation og valgte en vinder. Ideerne handlede om alt lige fra at have yoga i skolen for at forbedre læring, til at lave en kæmpe skærm af solceller, som både blokerede for larmen fra skolegården, men også gav skolen en grønnere energikilde. Evalueringen af Innovation Challenge viste at eleverne oplevede en høj grad af kreativ tænkning og værdiskabelse, samtidig med at de traf hurtige beslutninger – og de havde det sjovt! Innovation Challenge har dog ikke lavet en varig ændring på skolen, højst sandsynligt pga. at eleverne blev opfordret til at være så kreative som muligt, hvilket har gjort nogle af ideerne ret svære at implementere. Som eleverne fik at vide: ”Det er sjovere at tæmme en vild ide end at puste liv i en død ide!”

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