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Critical Thinking: Inventive Problem-Solving

Critical Thinking: Inventive Problem-Solving


“Creativity – it means to dig deeper, to watch better, to dive into the depths, to pass through walls, to light the sun, to build a castle in the sand, to welcome the future”. - Paul Torrance


Our world is changing at a rate that has never been seen before. Young people will be pursuing careers that don’t even exist yet. They will also have to solve humanity’s greatest problems, from climate change to inequality, through to advancing technologies across every possible industry. 


According to the report of the World Economic Forum, the crucial five skills that will be most required in 2025 are:

  • analytical thinking and innovation
  • complex problem-solving
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • creativity, originality, and initiative


It is crucial to develop these skills during K-12 years before our children start their first job. Moreover, incorporating such strategies as creative and critical thinking at a young age improves content learning, increases motivation, and leads to deeper learning. The course “Inventive Problem-Solving” is designed to cover all these areas.


This course goes beyond talking about what creativity is and what we need to enhance it. It is equipped with several systematic techniques which help directly generate new “out-of-the-box” ideas and systematically develop creative imagination. Not only will we study these techniques, but we will also learn how to evolve our imagination and capabilities to think out of the box. Like any skill, creative imagination requires development – and it can be developed. 


Every class we will:

  • Solve open-ended problems
  • Use specific techniques that help develop creative thinking
  • Overcome cognitive inertia (with out of the box thinking tools)
  • Practice associative and system thinking


After this course students will:

  • Have more creative curiosity and observation skills
  • Develop creative imagination
  • Increase their critical thinking toolkit
  • Be able to logically explain and evaluate available creative solutions
  • Have different approaches to solve problems
  • Have a system of various multiple perspectives in accordance with diversity of possibilities (resources)
  • Overcome cognitive inertia
  • Know how to find contradictions and to generate ideas for resolving them
  • Become better problem-solvers



  • Minimum recommended age: 11
  • Instructor: Ms Olga Vaskova
  • Mondays, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
  • 8 classes
  • February 5 - April 1, 2024
    • Spring Break: March 25 - 29, 2024
  • Materials needed: notebook and a pencil