In the face of critical and complex challenges, children and young people need to better develop creativity, imaginative problem-solving, teamwork, empathy, and inspiration so they can step into leadership roles in pursuit of purpose.
Play is one of the brain’s favourite ways of learning. It allows us to practice, experiment and test how we might tackle similar challenges in the real world as we develop creative and critical skills along the way. There is also a playfulness in invention and innovation, two things we need more of in a world where solutions must outpace problems. Science proves that. Why not encourage more playful, enthusiastic learning everywhere we can?
«Play makes up a big part of why Aball1 works so well», said Kieran Nokes, MD of Gladiator Education (Aball1), «it makes academic learning and physical activity fun which in turn engages and motivates pupils to do more, achieve more.
Glenn Andersen, inventor of Aball1, added «We are very excited to be a part of this challenge – the entry process alone has been fantastic, introducing us to a global network of likeminded parents, educators, administrators, sharing ideas and will hopefully lead to some exciting new projects».
Stage 2 of the challenge begins on 20th August with the winners announced in November 2014.
You can find out more about the challenge here http://www.changemakers.com/play2learn and read our entry here http://www.changemakers.com/project/gladiator-education.