Every activity begins with problem analysis where you need to figure the problem out, follow some instructions, which we call the “Do This” section and then we challenge learners to refine the activity under the “Try This” section and then create something unique in the “What can you do?” section.
Neurons activities encourage active learning and adopt a variety of learning strategies. Learners are encouraged to reimagine what they have learnt through instruction and make their own decisions when creating something new. This, in turn, develops autonomy and originality. Creativity is stimulated through participation as learners produce original artworks. Our activities provide the learning strategies to actively learn, and for young people to be responsible for their own development.
Our activities encourage initiative. Every activity contains a “Try this” and “What can you do?” section purposely written to encourage participants to tinker with a set of instructions and to expand on this creative output. It is within these sections that true creativity and initiative flourish. The “Share” stage of the learning process creates a space for celebration and peer-feedback as well as encouraging further initiative through comparison and collaboration. We want our learners to take ownership of the projects and transform them into projects we wouldn’t have thought of.
Critical thinking is one of the most important skill sets for all learners. The ability to self-reflect and iterate ideas and actions is crucial. The “Share” stage of each activity encourages self and peer-evaluation and analysis which leads to further iteration. Problem-solving is built into the “Try this” and “What can you do?” stages, as learners are encouraged to tinker, remix and create entirely new, original and personalised outcomes. These outcomes cannot be achieved without making “mistakes”, learning from them, and moving on.
Our existing volunteering and social action programmes are a core part of our organisation’s commitment to support young people. As such our Neurons programme will continue to support the theme of nurturing young people’s leadership and social influence skills.
By definition, the goal is to give children and young people the chance to develop social action, or social influence, skills and experience. Through these activities participants develop their own leadership skills. A number of the Neurons activities encourage learners to work with others and take a lead on creative projects, or even teach, for example, phrases of movement, to others. Young people who are taking part in Arts Award would also look to develop leadership and influence competencies and this can be achieved through completing certain Neurons activities.
All our activities require learners to make judgments based on their previous actions or learning. These judgements particularly occur during the “Try this” and “What can you do?” stages.
When we think about “systems” and “system thinking”, a Neurons activity may encourage the participant to consider a GarageBand song as a “system” and to break it down in to its component parts. These could include “mixers”, “instruments”, “vocals” and “effects”. From this understanding the participant will be able to perform an analysis of how to produce a better sounding song or melody.
Within the “Try This” and “What can you do?” sections of our activities learners are encouraged to come up with their own ideas and tinker with instructions to come up with new innovative ideas.
The “Share” phase of our activities and belonging to the Creative Community brings the Neurons learners together and encourages them to be appreciative of other people’s work and comments on their own. It is important to take comments in the way that they are intended and afford others the same courtesy.
Parents, Schools, Home Educators and Clubs if you want to know more about how Neurons can help inspire young people to be creative, build on their creativity and develop independent learning skills then jump to the sections written for you. If you need more information then get in contact with us, there is always a member of the team around to help.