The Children's Innovation Project aims to engage young children in broad interdisciplinary learning, with a focus on creative exploration, expression and innovation with technology. Children explore and learn about electricity and simple circuits through hands-on engagement with a kit of components designed for young hands. Children make connections to objects in their world - specifically through disassembling toys, identifying components and then repurposing and reconfiguring their internal components into new circuits. In addition, connections to other content areas such as writing, arts, vocabulary, mathematics and social studies are made, strengthening and extending children's learning. Through these processes, children are empowered with new relationships and understandings of the world around them, and learn a new set of expressive tools.
The Children's Innovation Project is a project of CMU's CREATE Lab, currently working in collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Pilot funding for the project came from Spark, a program of the Sprout Fund. For more information or to participate in the Children's Innovation Project, please contact us: