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Middle School Students in Iowa Break New Ground for TRIZ

Students at the Ames Middle School in Iowa got a real-life taste of the entrepreneurial spirit with a special program designed to introduce them to TRIZ-based thinking and to enhance their problem solving and innovation skills. Ideation International launched the new program, "Entrepreneurs Grow on TRIZ," in Ames after receiving a call from Cal Halliburton. Halliburton, a 35-year veteran of the Ames school system, contacted Ideation to see if the TRIZ Methodology could be applied to a middle-school curriculum. "I wanted to see if we could do a better job of teaching young people to be inventive problem solvers and entrepreneurs," he said. "I learned that Ideation was rolling out a program for this age group and the rest, as they say, is history."

Video of the Ames Middle School program


Entrepreneurs Grow on TRIZ™ Program Description

Entrepreneurs Grow on TRIZ™ is a one-of-a-kind, fun-filled laboratory for 12- to 14-year-olds who desire to improve their creativity and problem-solving skills, and use these skills to become successful entrepreneurs.  This integrated invention and entrepreneurial program shows measurable results within two weeks.   

The program objectives are:

1. To teach students TRIZ and creative thinking.
2. To teach students how to analyze situations and make appropriate decisions.
3. To teach and guide students through the journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurs Grow on TRIZ™ includes eight modules delivered in two phases, as follows:

Phase I – Instruction

A. The World Reality
B. The Brain
C. The Thinking Clock
D. Innovative Journey to Success
E. Innovation and TRIZ Thinking
F. Case Study

Phase II – Assignment and Work on Selected Project

A. Project Work
B. A Bright Future

During the program, students have access to the same software tools used today by thousands of professional engineers and problem-solvers.

As the young people of Ames, Iowa will attest, student benefits include:

  • Increased self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Experience as an inventor and problem solver
  • Experience in entrepreneurship
  • Improved decision-making skills
  • Knowledge of a powerful method for thinking, creating, and innovating
  • Experience creating a student-run business
  • Income potential to support future endeavors

For more information, or to discuss bringing Entrepreneurs Grow on TRIZ™ to your school, please contact Ideation at 1-888-399-0887.


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