Fostering the next generation of problem solvers for Ireland
The ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology presents the Problem-Solving Initiative, designed to help:
• Raise the Irish public’s awareness of and appreciation for the importance and applicability of problem-solving skills across science, the economy and society
• Promote STEM career pathways for those who enjoy solving problems
• Encourage people of all ages to hone their lateral-thinking skills
• Create enthusiasm within the Irish public for problem solving by engaging people directly with exciting puzzles and mind-bending challenges.
What are the main elements of The Problem-Solving Initiative?
•Expansion of the ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad problem-solving competition for secondary school students (12,000 participants to date). See www.adaptcentre.ie/ailo
•Expanding on problem-solving skills in Primary Schools with problem-solving workshops using Ozobots – tiny robots that can be given instructions with simple 3-colour codes drawn on paper
•An extensive public awareness campaign to highlight and provide examples of the economic and social benefit of a strong problem-solving workforce, and exemplify careers requiring problem-solving skills.
•Mind-bending puzzles made available to the public and shared via social media.
View our Problem Solving Initiative flyer here http://problemsolving.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PSI-Trifold-AW.pdf
Previous elements included:
•A family-friendly Problem-Solving Festival that invites public to “test their minds” with fun problem-solving activities in Dublin Castle in Sep 2017.
•Hosting the International Linguistics Olympiad in Dublin in July 2017, bringing to Ireland the top 180 young problem solvers from 28 countries.