Innovation on Shark Tank

Innovation is all around us. From the light bulb above our heads to the carpet below our feet, everything started off as an idea in someone’s head and then developed through an innovative process to become the common things they are today. Recently, I’ve begun watching the show Shark Tank on ABC. Every episode, different […]

Taking the Elderly Back to the Past

The word “fake” often brings about a negative connotation to people. From fake paintings to fake personalities to fake faces, we typically associate “fake” with bad things. Yet, sometimes fake things can actually be good. I recently came across a picture on Facebook talking about a new type of nursing care facility in the Netherlands (See above). My grandmother suffers from some mild forms […]

Remix the Innovation!

Recently, in my AP English 4 class, my teacher showed us a really interesting video by Kirby Ferguson called “Everything is a Remix” (part 1 – 5).  In this video, Ferguson uses a number of examples to point our the parallels between movies, songs, and behaviors that just point out that everything society creates is […]

DIY Tutorials Project

We have finally begun our innovation project for our English class! Many of my blog posts over the last few months have been dealing with the ideas of innovation, motivation, and getting started, and all of these ideas have finally come together as we have officially started (and gotten the motivation) to embark on our […]

My Innovation Project’s Poison

For my innovation project, I am creating an Etsy shop!  Since last year I did a more community service based project, I thought it’d be neat to do something for me this year.  I’ve always been really interested in craft-making, so I think this will be the perfect opportunity for me to experiment and stimulate […]

Creativity Will Lead the Way!

Through the weeks my AP English class has been working on their Innovation Projects, the class has introduced some really great ideas.  REALLY great.  The projects that have been pitched so far have a colorful variety and incorporate different interests and perspectives, which in my opinion, makes the whole Innovation Project idea seem that much […]

The Brainfuel Session

In my AP English 4class, at least 2 days out of the week are labeled as “Brainfuel.”  Brainfuel, simply put, is what fuels your brain’s need for inspiration, intelligence, and innovation.  Most of class time is granted to the students to read, write, or discover anything they’re interested in.  Almost anything. For Mr. Theriault’s class, our […]

“Let’s Cut a Hole in Your Ceiling!”

In Mr. Theriault’s AP English 4 class last week, we did an activity called “Bad Idea Farming” where we came up with a bunch of bad ideas to help address needs in this world. Often times, people reject proposals that seem a little outlandish or seem impossible to carry out, disregarding them as “bad ideas.” […]

Bad Idea Factory, What?

Bad Idea Factory. That seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Churning out bad ideas, one after the other. In the process of innovation (click Innovation, What is it? to learn more about it!), sometimes it can be extremely helpful to come up with “bad” ideas. It’s a creative way to get your brain thinking in the opposite […]