For students to understand the Brainstorming Rules and develop the confidence in their ability to come up with a range of ideas for any problem.
15 minutes and up.
3 to 6.
What is it?
Students brainstorm solutions to given a problem or one the generate themselves by following the Rules of Brainstorming.
Why do we do it?
This is the part of the design process when students need to be
generative. In order to discover really unique solutions, students must
have the freedom to explore a range of possibilities. This happens best when students work together following the rules of brainstorming which help create an environment where students are free to generate ideas without being judged.
How do we do it?
We have students try multiple Brainstorms while following the Brainstorming Rules.
Sample Lesson (15 minutes minimum, 10 minutes per additional brainstorm)
Large writing surface like 3m pads or white boards, markers.
Make sure all members of a team can easily see the common writing
Introduction: 3 Min
Give students a quick introduction to
brainstorming and an overview of why it is important and how to approach
(this can be taken from the notes above).Choose a topic: 2 Min
Have each team come up with a question to brainstorm solutions to. You can give them a practice question to start off with. Make sure the scoping of the question is not too big or too small. i.e. How might we save the world is too big because there are too many areas within that question that students can focus on. How might we eat soup with a spoon is too narrow because it suggest a solution within the question. Here are some sample topics: How to reduce the amount of trash we send to the landfill. How to get a kindergartener to eat his/her vegetables.Brainstorm: 10 min
Give each group a copy of the brainstorming rules and have them generate ideas to their question while following the rules.
A member of the team is the "enforcer" meaning that she rings a bell every time a rule is broken.
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