Young Innovators is a programme that offers training for teachers on how to introduce a systems innovation approach in order to foster awareness on climate and environment challenges for 12-18 year olds.
Trying to tackle such huge and complex challenges by focussing on just one aspect does not work. For example, when considering electric vehicles as a way of reducing CO2 emissions, we need to think far beyond the vehicles themselves: we need to consider the system in which they exist – recharging points, electricity supply, national electricity generation, customers’ expectations, policies, manufacturing, incentives, and so on.
Taking a systems innovation approach enables us to explore the relationships between such interconnected aspects and also to take account of the people who are affected, their values, their expectations and their reactions.
Note: please refer to the Glossary in the Learning Nuggets section for explanations of key terms used throughout this toolkit/course. For more information, go to the Young Innovators website.
The Young Innovators Teachers’ Toolkit aims to boost students’ creative thinking and to build their capabilities for climate innovation. At the heart of the training is a set of innovative and highly visual tools which are designed to help teachers and their students explore complex challenges.
Starting from the systemic perspective, the tools can help to engage students in a creative process where they become designers of new solutions to tackle unsolved societal challenges.
Each of the tools is accompanied with guidance on: how to use them; group sizes; timings and an image of a ‘canvas’.
(NB: The canvases can be drawn out / copied by students on to a large sheet, or if preferred, printed.)
These tools help to facilitate the understanding of complex realities and the co-creation of knowledge in a secondary school context. They offer: group work activities visual thinking tools challenge-led activities techniques to deal with complexity opportunities to connect to the local ecosystem of actors
Teachers of secondary/higher school education (12 - 18 years).
By gaining an understanding of this toolkit, teachers can introduce it to students and demonstrate how the different tools can be applied to various climate and environment related topics. Teachers and students can then work together in teams to explore a dilemma, gain a better understanding of it and of the system in which it exists.
The tools enable students to analyse and make sense of complex real-world problems, including understanding the ‘actors’. They provide a framework for thinking creatively to solve problems. Therefore, these tools can be deployed for any subject where there are a variety of questions, issues and actors that need to be better understood and explored, and potential solutions identified to move forward.
The tools are particularly suited for use by educators tackling projects concerned with environmental sustainability to prepare students for climate-related change, and the examples given in this programme are all related to environmental sustainability.
You can learn quite a lot by exploring the tools and the accompanying guidance here, and then thinking about how you might use them in your project / subject teaching. You may also want to find out about the Young Innovators training programme being rolled out by EIT Climate-KIC partners in several European countries during 2019. Although most schools in each area have been signed up for training this year, you can use the contact form to find out if you can get involved in the future.
Some of the vocabulary may be new to you and your students or have a different meaning to normal usage as it pertains to the Young Innovators programme and problem-solving methodologies. Please make sure you have the Glossary available at all times when using the tools.
All of EIT Climate-KIC’s courses are accessible on smartphone, tablet, and desktop. For some courses, you may also need access to a printer in order to print off salient information and to complete offline activities. If you have any issues accessing our courses on these devices, please contact our technical support team.
We expect that a minimum 1Mbps internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2Mbps and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. EIT Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.
You will receive a certificate of completion once you have worked through each of the learning nuggets and the feedback survey.
When you register on the EIT Climate-KIC portal you automatically become a part of the learning community. You can then use the Groups and Discussion forums set up for the course or topic you are interested in to seek help from other community members.
In the Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged. Start by setting up your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are.
Next, use the Introduce yourself to the community forum to introduce yourself to others and find out what people are talking about. You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up.
You can also initiate a new thread yourself. To start a new thread, you simply select Start a new discussion on the Discussions page. Then you chose the category your topic fits into and give your post a title. In the Your message field, you can describe what you want to talk about with your fellow learners.
Another way to get involved is by contributing in the groups, which you can access either on the About the Course tab, or by clicking here. If you have signed up for a course, you will be assigned to a group automatically. You can also check out the other groups, and join those that interest you. Also, feel free to suggest to us the creation of a new group.
Although most of our courses are not fully moderated, many tutors will be taking part and will introduce themselves in the Discussion Forums. In some cases, an expert will temporarily moderate a course. You can join in or put questions in the discussion forum and become ‘friends’ through the community area of the site. In addition, you will find that many of your peers are experts in their own fields, so do use the community to ask questions! ‘However, if you have an specific question you need answering more quickly, you can email the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To enquire about face-to-face / live training sessions that are available with an EIT Climate-KIC partner in your region/country, please contact us via the form at the bottom of the screen on the Young Innovators website.
At the moment the toolkit is available in English only, but we are working on getting it translated in to German, Italian, Spanish and French during 2020.