This is part of a series of inquiry-based provocations for essential elements of the PYP and the Learner Profile. For more, click here.
In college, I took a course called “The History of Creativity and Innovation.” It was a fascinating review of the entire history of mankind from the perspective of creativity, innovation, and curiosity. So it’s an interesting paradox that though curiosity has ever been pivotal in the advancement of our species, we still tend to still prioritize status-quo-preservation. This week’s provocation is meant to encourage that very curiosity that has brought us the wheel, the compass, the printing press, and the Internet.
Resource #1: Tweet from Astronaut Randy Bresnik:
A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I’m not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion! pic.twitter.com/5xIJDs2544
— Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) October 13, 2017
Resource #2: Mirror, A Short Story of Similar Objects by Tanello Production via The Kid Should See This
Resource #3: Pioneering Scientists Journeys 1000m Deep in Antarctica by BBC Earth, via The Kid Should See This
Resource #4: Pond by Jim LaMarche
Resource #5: The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater and The Fan Brothers
- What does it mean to be curious?
- What is the connection between curiosity and questions?
- What is the connection between curiosity and action?
- How has curiosity impacted humans over time? How does it impact your community today?
- Does a person’s perspective on curiosity change over their lifetime? Why or why not?
- What is our responsibility to be curious?
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