Turning Dreams into Inventions
Ever wondered how to make the most out of children’s power of imagination? Adults often clip children’s wings by labelling their spontaneous inspiration as ‘crazy ideas’ or using a condescending and discouraging tone when making references to the ‘real world’.
In Japan, things are changing. The curriculum guidelines were revised in March 2017, calling on elementary and junior high schools to voluntarily begin intellectual property education in the 2018 academic year, which began in April. This comes after China began intellectual property education at designated schools in the 2015 and by 2020 will have been rolled out in more than 1,000 schools.
These examples show that a little guidance from adults in a child's life can help to turn kids' ideas into intellectual property. What's more, the process can become a valuable experience that motivates children to take further steps into the land of entrepreneurs.