Problem solving, creativity and inventing in Swedish schools.
Finn upp is a youth program which was founded in 1979. We want to stimulate adolescents’ creativity and inspire a new generation of inventors with an enterprising spirit.
Finn upp motivates students to work with problem solving. They identify problems in their own environment and try to solve them with their own inventions.
By working with their own ideas in school we believe not only that the level of motivation increases to learn and search for new knowledge but also to see the long-term value of using knowledge from different subjects and areas while practically working with ideas and projects. It also helps building confidence and self-awareness in each student.
The main focus of Finn upp is the creative process of inventing. We supply all Swedish secondary schools with an educational method developed by us to be used in class when working with inventions and problem solving. It is called Inventors journey, and the journey stops at five stations: Start, Idea, Research, Design and Realize.
Student in high schools all over Sweden use our learning materials for free. It includes a textbook, 60 pages, and a digital learning tool.
High school teachers get a 112 pages long teacher’s guide with more than thirty lessons, educational plans and assessment matrices.
Every year we arrange a national wide inventions competition for students in the ages of 12-15 years. Student who has developed an invention of their own are invited to join in. Since the first competition in 1979 more than 90 000 students have been taking part in the competition and since 1991 more than half of the inventions come from girls.
Mrs Helena Thorén, head of Finn upp+46 8 663 70 80 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finn upp strives to stimulate high school students in Sweden pleasantly and pedagogically to create future innovations.