It was started because of this simple idea - creativity is at the root of great ideas and the education system doesn’t do enough to nurture it as a lifelong skill.
DIT is Ireland’s leading creative third level institution. Its academic staff have devised a dynamic summer camp for 8-12 year olds. It will allow the children to experience a third level creative atmosphere and DIT will show case its teaching talent in five distinct areas – music, media, digital, food, and design.
All of the subjects covered in Idea Camp will be presented through the unique learning method of creative play. This will give the children an input into the process of creativity while shaping the outcome themselves. It will equip them to use creativity in everyday situations to solve problems. DIT academics will also be working with Idea Camp to strengthen our knowledge and know-how of creative play techniques.
Creativity in Children
Creativity is as important and natural to children as their need and desire to engage in play! By exposing children to creative experiences, they are offered a rich and memorable childhood while laying the foundation for a lifetime of creative expression, while at the same time developing important learning skills.
Creativity is centered around the process of forming original ideas through exploration and discovery. In children, creativity develops from their experiences with the process, rather than concern for the finished product. A concept which is deeply rooted in the polices that guide early years education in Ireland through internationally acclaimed theories by for example Piaget, Vygotsky and Bruner. Likewise, from the theory on multiple intelligences by Gardner, there is and acceptance of fact that children are building their learning from their individual strengths and capabilities and in order to facilitate this, we recognise that there is a requirement to build learning experiences around the need and interests of the child.
However, although there is an acceptance around these issues, our educational system today is largely constructed around a one-size-fits-all system of teaching and assessment which excludes the children that fail to fit into this way we have conceptualized education.
Therefore, an opportunity to introduce primary school children to learning situations where they can re-visit the creative flow of early childhood, like the DIT Idea Camp, must be regarded as a welcomed change on behalf of children and may contribute to boosting the way we view the delivery of education.
At the same time, it is an opportunity for the College, to demonstrate the strong tradition of creative learning and to lead this change.
The following Ted Talks are in the spirit of creativity and the power of the free mind:
Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover
Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson - Can Creativity Be Taught?
Idea Camp in the Dublin Institute of Technology is Ireland’s first ever academy of creative play. It starts with a summer school for 8-12 year olds and runs from July 3rd to July 14th 2017.
Our academics help children learn how to unlock their creativity in five distinct areas - music, food, design, digital and media. The aim of the camp is to nurture life-long creativity as an essential skill in a well-rounded education.
Idea Camp was established in 2015 by the Dublin Institute of Technology to help children aged 8 - 12 years from Ireland and aboard to learn how to use creativity every day to solve problems.