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Creativity resources

Winning app concepts look at old problems in new ways. To develop a winning concept, your team needs to think differently from other teams. And creative thinking is a skill that will serve students not just in this project, but in their future careers.

The links below include techniques, exercises, and even games to help your team brainstorm and think out of the box.

An Introduction to Design Thinking: Process Guide—This guide, published by the Institute of Design at Stanford, takes you through five modes of design thinking: Empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Follow these steps to generate original ideas, choose the best one, and refine it.

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking—These seven principles will help your team members develop confidence in themselves as “creative geniuses” who can develop a winning app challenge idea.

Divergent Thinking—An art teacher discusses why it’s so important to encourage students’ divergent thinking, and includes strategies for fostering such thinking.

The SCAMPER Mind Tool—SCAMPER is an easy-to-use and effective tool to help your teams develop new perspectives on current problems.

Creativity and Innovation—This page by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning provides links to an abundance of resources related to creative thinking.

24 Free Online Creative Thinking Tools—Follow links to find free tools and games to jump-start your team’s creative thinking.