There are some famous people joining a movement to get creative thinking and the arts back into schools. They emphasize the importance of science, engineering and technology to inspire the coming generations. “Imagine It!” is a creative DVD documentary that hopes to accomplish those goals. This video does not just seek to motivate the viewer to get involved with science and creative thinking, but to think outside the box for new and different ideas that have never previously existed. It asks kids to imagine a better world and then work to make it happen.
Ever heard of these folks? They are part of this effort.
- Sally Ride – NASA astronaut, physicist and first American woman in space
- Ray Kurzwell – Author of “The Singularity is Near”, futurist
- Chris Wink, Phil Stanton & Matt Goldman – Co-founders of the Blue Man Group
- Charles Vest – President of the National Academy of Engineering and Former President of MIT
- Sir Ken Robinson – Author of “All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education”
This 52-minute documentary is filled with quotes, interviews and sound bites from people who want to challenge kids to make their own future better. There are lots of tidbits of information and opinions expressed throughout the video. It is my opinion that this video is not aimed for an audience of children, especially young children, but more towards adults who work with children and perhaps older teens and college-aged students.
I appreciated the emphasis on not only the importance of science, math and engineering, but the arts. The point is made that to understand the past you have to look at their music and art for greater understanding. Then, in turn, we can change the world by using our music and art talents. This video presents multiple ideas, but mostly seeks to encourage educators to encourage their students to think big and go for it! Don’t stick with the status quo, but think outside the box. Be creative and have the courage to follow your ideas to fruition.
Imagine It! is a non-profit group whose mission is to “inspire you to imagine the world a better place and then get involved to solve challenges for yourself, your community and your world.” They are supported by a whole host of people and organizations meant to further excitement and creativity in math, science and engineering. You can read more about them here.
This DVD is actually two separate, but related videos. It includes an “extra” entitled “The Post-It® Challenge”, an experiment asking students to addvalue to a package of Post-It® Notes in less than a week. Value could be added in many areas including social, material, financial, entertainment or enjoyment. It was very interesting to see the variety of directions the students took the challenge! This was my favorite portion of the video. It made for a terrific encore to the message of the original video.
Let me finish with my favorite quote from “The Post-It® Challenge”: “The best thing you can do for a very young child is to stimulate their imagination.”
Imagine It! is produced by Cinema Libre Studios, “a leader in the distribution of social-issue documentaries and features by passionate filmmakers.” You can find out more about them at their website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
BUY IT! The “Imagine It!” DVD is available at the “Imagine It!” Super Store for $19.95.
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