Building from the success of the Global Cardboard Challenge, Imagination Chapters launched in 2014 to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in children through Creative Play. Today, there are nearly 100 Chapters across 20 countries. Take a look at some of our Chapters in action and fill out the Chapter Leader Interest Form for the 2017-2018 year.
Chapters are community organized and volunteer led. They are designed to engage children, PreK through high school, in learning the skills and attitudes they need to be problem solvers and innovators. Chapter Leaders come from all walks of life, and Chapters take place in schools, libraries, community centers and homes. As a Chapter Leader, you don’t require any specialized skills or equipment, only a playful attitude and willingness to connect with other likeminded leaders across a vast global network.
How an Imagination Chapter Works
Chapters are pop-up learning spaces that foster creativity, entrepreneurship and 21st century skills through Creative Play. They use a range of tools and materials, from cardboard to advanced electronics, and can launch anywhere, including in schools, libraries and community centers.
Children from Pre-K through high school gather weekly in places like homes, classrooms, parks and other spaces. Sessions are facilitated by adult volunteers from all walks of life.
BUILD & PLAY
During the meet-up, children make something using available resources. Projects are as diverse as a child’s imagination. This is the time to tinker, play around, experiment, mess-up and try again.
Children share their creations in a meaningful public context -with parents, friends, their local community or online. The point of sharing is to see that their creations have value to others.
Learning Through Creative Play
Chapters use Creative Play to develop the natural powers of creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation that all children possess. Chapter activities can focus on numerous themes, subjects or content standards (such as Next Generation Science Standards). The most engaging projects spark from a child’s interests. Simple projects may take two hours to complete; others may take weeks. As projects become more advanced, kids will tackle real-world issues. They’ll even kickstart business and social ventures.
Through Chapters, children learn critical 21st century skills that will help them become optimistic, agile and creative problem solvers in school, work and life.
Anyone Can Lead a Chapter
Educators, parents, community leaders from all walks of life! If you’re ready to help unleash the creative genius of the kids in your community, we want to hear from you. The application process is now open for 2017! Let us know you are interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You’ll Get
As a Chapter Leader, you’ll receive resources and support from Team Imagination. And you’ll also participate in a highly sociable network of fellow Chapter Leaders from all over the world, sharing ideas, activities, projects and inspiration.
Below are some of the materials and support we provide:
—Imagination Chapter Toolkit
—Playbooks and Toolkits for various Creativity Campaigns and Challenges (like the Inventor’s Challenge)
—Logistical support for running your Chapter
—Project and lesson ideas, activities and curriculum, and training in Creative Play
—Group video hangouts & workshops from experts across multiple subjects
—Demonstrations and tutorials on new products, tools and toys
—Promotion through our newsletter, website, partners and more!
When resources allow, we provide special tools and products too. Below are a few of the tools we have provided in the past:
—Special connectors and building tools such as those by Makedo
—Microprocessors and “inventor’s kits” by partners like SparkFun
—Circuits, motors and switches by friends like LittleBits