Every Child Can Invent with the Innovation Mindset
At the core of every National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) education program is the Innovation Mindset — a growth mindset infused with lessons from world-changing inventors that can empower children throughout their lives.
The Innovation Mindset is made up of nine essential skills and traits that are strengthened each time a child applies them. By developing each aspect of this mindset through open-ended, hands-on exploration, our programs guide children to unlock their creative potential.
Children build confidence as they turn their ideas into reality and begin to see themselves as capable creators. This will benefit them not only in the process of invention but in every area of life.
Design thinking helps children identify and solve problems. By focusing on the people who will use the things they create, children can apply empathy to design solutions that meet their users’ needs.
Creative Problem Solving
Through creative problem solving, children learn to use critical and creative thinking to develop innovative solutions, preparing them to take on both everyday problems and complex challenges.
By engaging in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), children will be better equipped to apply their ingenuity, pursue in-demand careers and make their mark on our rapidly evolving world.
Collaboration is essential to developing each aspect of this mindset. Through teamwork, children learn empathy and acceptance of people and ideas while contributing to creative solutions.
The persistence to recover from failure and overcome obstacles is essential for every aspect of life. Our programs foster perseverance through a “create, test and retest” approach to learning.
The drive to innovate is what moves society forward. By engaging in hands-on challenges involving real-world issues, children are encouraged to dream up new inventions and improve upon existing ones.
As they discover the power and purpose of intellectual property (IP), children recognize the value of their own ideas. With an understanding of IP, children are prepared to protect their rights as creators.
By exploring entrepreneurship and building basic business skills, children become curious, creative risk-takers and self-assured leaders who follow their dreams and can inspire others to do the same.