School of Invention Summer School 2017
Start your journey to become an inventor and learn how to:
- Use creative thinking to generate and develop ideas
- Code and connect simple devices
- Develop and control a robot
- Design your inventions with 3D software
- Produce videos for Youtube
- Develop a project within a team
and much more...
For students aged between 10 and 14 years.
Our mission is to inspire students to generate a passion for creative thinking, invention and innovation. We empower students with the necessary skills for the future, and guide them to transform their imagination into something real. This is done through modules and hands-on sessions bringing together creative thinking, personal development and communication, science and technology, ICT and media production. Our summer school also includes external visits were students can see and understand better the technologies that drive innovative industries. Part of the summer school will also include working on a project in which students work together as a team. Each team will then present its project during the final session of the summer school.
In the longer term, the School of Invention will prepare and empower students towards the emerging Innovation Society, a society in which one of the most valuable skills is the generation of new ideas and the ability to turn these ideas into new products and services.
The school will run between July and September 2017, twice weekly for a total of 51 hours.
Courses will be held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Malta International Airport and at STC in Pembroke.
This summer course will be composed of the following modules:
- Personal Development and Communications
- Creative Thinking
- Science & Technology
- Information & Communication Technology
- Media Production
- External Visits
- Project Work
Course Fee: 350 Euro
Microsoft Innovation Centre, Skyparks, Malta International Airport
Starts: Monday 3rd July 2017
Days: Mondays and Thursdays
Time: 9.00 to 12.30
Starts: Tuesday 4th July 2017
Days: Tuesdays and Fridays
Time: 9.00 to 12.30
For a detailed course brochure, information and registrations kindly contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
The application form for this course can be accessed here.
This course is supported by Microsoft Innovation Centre.
The course will count as an extra curricular activity within the school leaving certificate (SLC)
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Tutors : School of Invention - Summer Course 2017
Joseph.G. Woods - Creative Thinking
Joseph G. Woods is a certified Edward de Bono trainer in Lateral and Parallel Thinking. He has over 11 years of experience providing consultancy and training services in Malta, Bulgaria, Italy, Sweden, UK, Greece and Poland. He has worked for 7 years with Dr. Edward de Bono, the developer of lateral thinking at The World Centre for New Thinking. In 2009 he was one of the keynote speakers at the European closing conference on creativity and innovation in Stockholm, Sweden.
Michael Refalo - Science and Technology
Michael Refalo has been involved in the implementation of EU funded projects in Malta since 2001. He is a University graduate in science and has worked within the Malta Council for Science & Technology (MCST), specifically on the dissemination of the Fifth, Sixth & Seventh Framework Programmes for Research, Technological Development & Demonstration. He was a National Contact Point (NCP) for the SME & Innovation Programme as well as the National Coordinator of FP6 and FP7 and he was also Manager of the National Research, Technological Development and Innovation Programme, Malta’s first funding mechanism for research.
Ing. Sara Baldwin - Information and Communications technology
Sara is an energetic and lively person, who instils motivation in others by sharing her passions and knowledge. She is a University graduate electrical engineer and holds a masters degree in oceanography. Through her traveling, Sara exposed herself to different ideas that made her aware that education is more than books and classrooms. An inventor at heart, Sara believes in learning by doing, and is currently working with Creolabs to develop innovative courses and to encourage children and youths to explore their creativity and innovation skills through practical/experimental education.
Antoine Griscti - Communications
Antoine Griscti is a communications, graphical design and marketing professional, he worked in several advertising agencies and event logistics organizations since 2000. He holds a diploma in management and has been working in management and implementation of EU projects and communications included planning, evaluating and execution of projects according to component timeline and budgets. Antoine also worked on different EU programmes such as Med, Interreg 4c and Lifelong Learning. He also participated in several EU workshops on project management and communications. Antoine is also a musician and had a career as a professional musician for a number of years.
Norman Cristina - Personal Development
Coming from an artistic background (in Music and Drama) and a creative himself, Norman has increasing experience in music, public-speaking, teaching, compering, as well as in the world of business and sales. His network marketing experience and leadership initiatives lend themselves to offering a wide array of rich personal experiences to offer participants of modules such as creative thinking, communications and personal development, currently being delivered at the School of Invention.
Charlo Seychell - Personal Development
Charlo has over 20 years experience as a trainer and training coordinator, coordinated and delivered soft-skills and Forum Theatre courses locally and abroad. For 11 years, he worked in the field of addictions, working closely with Local Councils, public organisations, youth centres, sports associations and NGOs, parents, non-formal educators, teachers, university and nursing students, professionals and prison inmates. Charlo also organized several conferences, seminars and outreaches and coached drama students at the National Drama Centre for 2 years, he devised several soft-skills training programmes and tools, co-authored training manuals for PSD, Home Economics and Social Studies.
Charlo holds a diploma in Youth Studies from the University of Malta, having presented a dissertation on young people with disability, education and employment.
Ian Attard - Media Production
Ian Attard works as a Senior Lecturer and Institute Coordinator in the Media Department at the Institute for the Creative Arts, MCAST, Following an academic course, ‘Expert of Applied Video Arts in Multimedia’, held in Rome. Ian commenced an academic journey in film studies at Southampton Solent University, England. He was also entrusted to work as a junior researcher at the BBC, White City, London, on a TV factual documentary entitled ‘My Life as a Child’. Upon graduating Ian furthered his studies by pursuing a course in HD Cinematography and Lighting at the London Metropolitan Film School.
In his capacity as a Technical Producer and Project Executive Producer for Solent Enterprise Media Centre, UK, Ian produced various large scale media projects such as the production of a 30 second commercial for Channel4, UK, live coverage of Glastonbury Music Festival 2007/2008, and Cowes Week 2009. In 2010 Ian was conferred with a Masters Degree in Media.