The Henry Ford is a museum that celebrates innovation. To help students become the next generation of innovators, The Henry Ford has announced the launch of a new four-course curriculum for grades sixth through eighth. The curriculum is designed to draw on the huge number of artifacts and knowledge that is possed by the organization to help inspire the next generation of inventors.
The Henry Ford president and CEO Patricia Mooradian says that the organization thinks that inside every child is the potential to change the world. The curriculum is 20 hours and uses actual artifacts from The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation as primary sources.
The organization boasts a collection fo 26 million artifacts that span from 300-years-ago to today. Children who are using the curriculum in their schools can engage with digital versions of the artifacts to help students come up with real-life solutions to problems in their school, community, and around the world.
Each of the four courses is five hours. The classes include Innovate 101: Inspire Our Future as an Innovative Thinker; Innovate 102: Solve Our Problems; Innovate 103: Unleash Your Ideas as You Learn to Think Like an Entrepreneur, and Innovate 104: Activate Your Potential. The classes teach the students to identify real-world problems and come up with creative solutions and then pitch their solutions as entrepreneurs.
The Henry Ford worked with award-winning educators, historical experts, innovators, and others on the curriculum. A contest to win the curriculum is offered online and runs through December 31st. The curriculum costs $499 annually for one teacher and ten students. Additional students are $25 each. The Henry Ford acquired the American Diner Collection not long ago.