Creative thinking in class

From Monday, December 10th, 2018, from 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm 
How to promote the development of creative thinking and inspire digital creativity with picture books.


“If someone says: “I can do it too”, it means that he is only able to imitate it, otherwise he would have done it sooner.”
Bruno Munari

The best way to inspire children to create their future is to stimulate them every day with creative activities. A playful and workshop-based approach in class helps children explore safely, enhance their motivation, develop their own creative skills, work without pressure to perform and focus on the process rather than on the results expected.

An innovative method based on STEAM, tinkering and making to get inspiration and get to know the tools that can bring more creativity in class. Starting from reading picture books as a basic activity in nursery schools and primary schools, we will explore digital and analogue tools that can inspire the children’s creativity together with Paola Mattioli and the Explora educational team. The activities offered will also be integrated with a series of STEM activities to enhance attitude to problem-solving and teamwork.

Whom the course is addressed to: early childhood and primary school teachers, teaching operators, educators and amateurs.

Calendar of events:

December 10th, 2018 – Soft circuits, with the picture book “La casa di riposo dei supereroi” (the Superhero retirement home) by Davide Calì published by Biancoenero edizioni, by Paola Mattioli
December 17th, 2018 – Strawbees bridge with the picture book “Eugenia l’ingegnosa” (Eugenie the ingenious” published by Sinnos, by Paola Mattioli

January 21st, 2019 – Ozobot town with the picture book “L’inventacittà”(The inventor of cities) by Fabrizio Silei, published by Fatatrac, by Paola Mattioli
January 28th, 2019 – The circus of clouds with the picture book by Gek Tessaro published by Lapis, by Paola Mattioli

February 18th, 2019 – The art of stamps Lino carving using a pantograph, by the Explora educational team
February 25th, 2019 – Creative makers The art of letterpress printing reinvented in the “making” way. By the Explora educational team
Creative makers is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

March 11th, 2019 – Chain Reaction, “Rube Goldberg’s simple normal Humdrum schoolday”, by Paola Mattioli.
March 25th, 2019 – Hovercraft flying out! with the picture book “Amelia che sapeva volare” (Amelia who knew how to fly) by Mara Dal Corso published by EDT Giralangolo, by Paola Mattioli

April 8th, 2019 – Animated circuits – 3-7 years create and animate your story by building a circuit, by the Explora educational team
April 15th, 2019 – Cardboard automata create an automaton from your favourite picture book, by Paola Mattioli

The books mentioned in the description of the activity will be the starting point to go beyond together and identify our“STEM library”!

Get-togethers by:

Paola Mattioli: Chinese and STEAM Teacher at the Marymount Institute of Rome, Strawbees ambassador.
She loves creativity at 360 degrees. She’s also the ambassador for Seesaw and Quizlet, apps she uses for teaching Chinese. She has been one of the speakers in the 2016 edition of TEDxArezzo and has conducted the “STEM and Pictures Books” conference at the University of Taipei.
Chinese, creativity and technology are three words that describe her work.
Alessia Bello and Ilaria Catanorchi are responsible for teaching methods and training of Explora facilitators
They are both fond of tinkering and had been training with the San Francisco Exploratorium Tinkering Studio team at the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci of Milan. With their unconventional dedicated work, they think, experiment with and create workshops and themed exhibitions to entertain children visiting with their families and teachers.

When: from 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm, on Mondays:
December 10th and 17th, 2018,
January 21st and 28th
February 18th and 25th,
March 11th and 25th,
April 8th and 15th.

Price for 10 events (20 hours): € 70.00
Price per event (2 hours): € 20.00
To learn more:

You can register: on platform S.O.F.I.A. and on the Explora website
Explora is accredited by the Ministry of Public Education (MIUR) for training (Dir. Min. 170/2016).

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