Mr Griffiths said anyone can be creative and that developing creative ways of thinking are what have contributed to advancements in every known field, including mathematics and science.
“Using creativity to find alternative approaches to problems leads to discoveries that the same old well-trodden paths don’t uncover,” Mr Griffiths said.
Developing creativity is also a fundamental skill young people need to succeed in the workplace now and in the future, especially in a world where many of the jobs of tomorrow do not currently exist.
“We may not be able to predict the job market, but the ability to think differently when approaching problems or generating ideas will prepare students for any career,” Mr Griffiths said.
While creativity can be developed in all subject areas, one of the ways it is being taught at NAE is through each school’s approach to STEAM.
Mr Griffiths said the interconnectedness of science, technology, engineering (what we call design and technology in schools), arts and maths, together with applying learning to real-world problems, is challenging and empowering students to come up with creative solutions. This approach pushes students to identify a problem, figure out how to solve it and come up with a range of answers.
“Our pedagogical approach is an important mechanism to fostering creativity,” Mr Griffiths said.
“Students utilise a broad range of knowledge and skills to tackle problems that don’t necessarily have a single answer.”
To enhance student learning, NAE has a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology enabling students to explore STEAM by leveraging the university’s cutting-edge research and teaching. This exposes students to a unique university-inspired model of learning. The MIT Challenges, a set of activities assigned to students at the beginning of each academic year, take as inspiration the research of MIT professors working on real-world problems that students can help solve.