Boosting Creativity & Innovation of Croatian Youth
On 5. March 2018, in Karlovac, the Republic of Croatia, the Union of Croatian Innovators (UCI) held a workshop “Tesla’s Inventions – The Making Of The Induction Electromotor”, intended for kids and youth.
In compliance with the IFIA guidelines and the recognition of specific target groups when incentivizing and promoting creativity and innovativity, a significant part of UCI’s activities are aimed at youth. In that context, UCI has designed a framework program “Technical Innovation and Youth” which this year, the second of its existence, consists of 5 workshops.
The framework program as a rule doesn’t just involve kids and youth, but also parents, mentors, and educators, in order to equip them with skills of better dealing with challenges in the promotion of creativity and innovativity in children. Since the program is multidisciplinary, and the approach to execution regional, UCI is implementing the program in collaboration with its members the regional associations of innovators, as well as independent volunteering experts and other stakeholders.
The workshop “Tesla’s Invention – The Making of the Induction Electromotor” took part on this occasion in the “Dragojlo Jarnevic” elementary school in Karlovac, since the target group were elementary-school age children (grades 5 – 8). In the first part, the pupils got acquainted with the electro-technical principles and prominent names from the history of the field (Oersted, Faraday, Volta, Lenz, Tesla) and had the opportunity to experience hands-on work with basic electrical components and measurement instruments, as well as to perform simple experiments.
In the second part of the workshop the pupils, helped along by the workshop facilitators, produced their own model of the induction electro-motor.
About two dozen highly excited elementary-age children were beaming with delight with newly acquired knowledge and skills, and the workshop fully met its goals: development of cognitive ability, motor ability and skills, and of creativity, and the direction of gifted pupils towards a deeper interest in STEM.
UCI would like to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to Mr. Vadjon, the workshop facilitator, as well as the Association of Innovators of the Karlovac County as the co-organizer.