I love this video blog (vlog) post about having a seemingly impossible idea, and then working to make it happen. The best part of having a Moonshot idea is not in the fulfillment of the idea, although that would be amazing!), but in the process of working toward something challenging. Innovating against the tide of conformity and complacency. The company Solve for X has embedded this philosophy into their company:
We’re a moonshot factory. Our mission is to invent and launch “moonshot” technologies that we hope could someday make the world a radically better place. We have a long way to go before we can fulfill this mission, so today it’s really an ambition.
They are looking to change the world through engineering and designing ideas. They are using technology to make the world a better place. This is exactly what STEM-foundational thinking is all about: incorporating project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum supported through teacher, student, and parent collaboration and technology; fostering creativity, invention, and critical thinking; and as Dr. Richard Charles, Director of the Office of STEM Education in the Cherry Creek School District states: “Inspire students to dream the impossible, then give them the tools to make it reality.” It isn’t surprising then that the mission statement for STEM in the Cherry Creek School District is “to inspire students to be creative, critical thinkers, and collaborative learners to successfully compete for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers in the global workforce.”
So, what is my Moonshot idea? Here is a list of a few ideas I have pinging around in my brain:
- Creating a Makerspace in EVERY Elementary school in our district.
- Creating a system for recognizing and dismantling systemic racism in EVERY Elementary school.
- STEM-foundational thinking as a standard pedagogical practice in EVERY Elementary school.
- A Think Tank group of innovative, creative, and diverse people (Junto Club) set up to change systemic inequities in our district. This could either be set up centrally, but more likely, locally in partnership with each Elementary, Middle, and High school in our district.
- A GIANT writable surface in all of our conference rooms and collaboration areas. Better yet, an entire writable wall!
What is your Moonshot idea? Leave a comment below and share your crazy idea.