Generating Ideas.


Brainstorming is a helpful and fun way to think of creative solutions to a problem. The theory is that by coming up with as many ideas as possible and not limiting your thinking, you'll discover new, unusual and creative ideas.


Someone should be the leader, and someone (it can be the same person) should be the recorder. The recorder is in charge of writing all the ideas down where everyone can see them on a whiteboard, chalkboard or big flip pad.

  • Define the question. Before you start, everyone should agree on the problem you are trying to solve. Start with a question that's not too broad — you can always have additional brainstorming sessions. As a group, you might pick a word or words to fill in the blanks of the following questions to start your brainstorming session.

    • "What is an imaginary new product that could help______?"

    • "How will ______ be improved in the year 3000?"

    • "If you could make the perfect ______, what would it do?"

    • "What if we combined _____ and ______?"

  • Watch the clock. Give yourself a set time limit for coming up with ideas. 15 to 20 minutes is probably ideal. On your mark, get set, go!

  • Write down every idea. Once the brainstorming starts, participants shout out ideas as they come to mind. Don't limit yourself — one of the keys to successful brainstorming is the acceptance of EVERY idea — even those that seem silly or impossible. No one is allowed to criticize or limit any of the ideas during the brainstorming session because you never know where the next great inspiration is going to come from!

  • Evaluate. After the time is up, the group should talk about which ideas are favorites and why certain ones would work better than others. As a group, vote on which idea you like best!

Selecting a topic to explore.


After you have your team and your mentor, it's time to choose a topic. You might pick something that you've always wondered about ("Why doesn't X do this?") or that has always interested you ("How could I build a better X?"). As a team, build some ideas and see if there are any ideas or areas of study that stand out.

Consider these topics:

  • Environmental Protection

  • Education

  • Fashion ( Tech-fashion) 


Consider these tips when selecting a topic:

  • Get ideas from everyday life. Look at the tools and technologies people use every day — it could be as simple as a pencil or as complex as a quantum computer.

  • Solve the problem. Identify a problem that current technology does not solve, then imagine possible solutions.

  • Talk to your mentor as he/she might have some great ideas based on scientific or news trends. He or she might also know the strengths of your team members and be able to tell you what resources or equipment are available at school.



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