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Who We Are

At Making Innovators, we attempt to complement the education curriculum, by going beyond and above the mastery of the factual knowledge and strengthen the understanding and application of the knowledge.

The 20th century education lays significant emphasis on critical aspects like ability to recall information, make sense out of content and describe it; capacity to organize and analyze information, compare and combine ideas in meaningful ways; capabilities analytically reason while attempting to develop original works and innovations. The 21st century calls for an additional layer of capacities such as mastery of subject matter, communicating and collaborating through self-expression and co-working, metacognition by strengthening self-awareness, critical thinking and growing the production capabilities, complex problem solving, creativity and innovation mindset applied in day to day life.

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MI Methodologies

While domesticating and improving widely tested tools and methodologies such as Design Thinking, User Centered Design, Business Modeling, Challenge Based Learning among others, we create and execute programs meant to catalyze participants’ innovativeness. Through these programs we aim to support participants in strengthening their innovative potential as they align and build their 21st century skills that the next generations so significantly need.

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Design Thinking

With five comprehensive steps, this methodology ensures an iterative and efficient approach to problem solving

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Challenge-Based Design

The premise of MI is based on learning by doing and immersing oneself in the challenge to produce a real solution

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Business Modelling

Beyond innovation, business knowledge is key to build a minimum viable product and commercialize it

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User-Centered Design

The cornerstone of every innovation is the user. Making Innovators uses this principle to produce usable solutions

STRENGTHENING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS IN LEARNERS

The 21st century skills are a set of abilities that learners need to develop as they adjust to fit in the information age. At ‘Making Innovators’ we make effort to strengthen the following 21st century skills.

Creative Thinking

At MI we view Creative thinking as the expansive, open-ended invention and discovery of possibilities. we cultivate this by provoking learners to…

• Appreciate the creative process

• Nurture curiosity and inquisitiveness

• Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in their proposals and decisions they make


• Generate many new ideas that are fresh and unusual or far-fetched through rapid brainstorming

• Generate and develop layered and multifaceted ideas

• Apply creativity to real world problems

• Tolerate ambiguity and accommodate the messiness and unpredictability of creative process

• Realize barriers to innovation and creativity

• Frame creativity in the context of responsible risk taking

• Question unknown this to make them known while seeking information or a new way to do something


Communication

Communication is multi-directional and multi-modal. At MI we encourage learners to effectively communicate by ensuring they…

• Appreciate the various types of verbal and non-verbal communication

• Discern the intent and information in still and video images

• Engage in constructive dialog with others


• Listen keenly to understand the intent and content of oral communications, where necessary take notes and ask questions

• Evaluate messages to decide whether they are accurate, complete, authoritative, reliable and up-to-date

• Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using various forms (oral, written, non-verbal) of communication conscious of the fact that spoken words, tone of voice, body language, gestures, facial expressions, and visual aids do convey messages

• Communicate clearly and effectively for others to understand messages

• Choose the most appropriate medium i to deliver a message

• Decoding written words and images to understand what their originator is trying to communicate.


Collaboration

At MI we cultivate collaboration by ensuring that learners…

• Work actively and productively with others, making contributions and contributing

• Balance listening and speaking, leading and following in a group

• Commit to advancing the aims of the group


• Consider the interests and needs of the larger group

• Value and respect the contributions and ideas of each member of the group

• Recognize and optimally use the strengths of others

• Assume shared responsibility for completing the work while recognizing that teams need leadership

• Prioritize needs and goals both individuals and group

• Work together to solve problems, make decisions and create new ideas and products

• Delegate roles and duties to members of the group and expecting them to fulfill their parts of the task

• Monitor one’s own emotions

• Set group and individual goals by assessing the situations, decide desired outcomes and clearly set achievable objectives while being conscious of time constraints

• Resolve conflicts by using an appropriate strategy (e.g. asserting, cooperating, compromising, competing, or deferring)


Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving require focused, careful analysis of something to better understand it. At MI we challenge learners to…

• Seek and use data and information to strengthens analysis and conclusions

• Evaluate (a decision, an experiment, an argument, a product) and decide on its worth based on a particular standard and consider making adjustments where necessary

• Classify things into types or groups, showing how each category is distinct from the others in order to understand complexity


• Argue using statements connected logically together, backed by evidence, to reach a conclusion cognizant of multiple perspectives, options and possible unstated assumptions

• Analyze (a problem, an argument, a connection) breaking it into parts and examine each while noting how the parts come together into a whole

• Define using examples or synonyms and describe aspects in terms components, traits, such as shape, weight, color, use, origin, value, location, and so on

• Reason to make judgement and draws conclusions or generalize an aspect or topic cognizant of assumptions and biases

• Compare and contrast issues, looking into similarities and differences or relationships and patterns

• Problem solving by relating the causes and effects, logically and systematically attempting to make changes in the cause, in order to influence the effect and track these relationships


Behold

The Team

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Dr. Tonny Omwansa

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Enock

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Sylvia

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Betty

Mentor
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Dr. Okech

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Carol

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Sheli

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Rodgers

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