華富村寶血小學暑期開腦班

Summer Brain Enrichment Classes

 

Date:  July 13 – August 10

Time:  10:00 - 12:00am

Venue: Wah Fu EstatePreciousBloodPrimary School

 

Purpose:

 

1. To enhance the creativity of students who participate in our activities, enabling the ability to brainstorm large quantities of ideas

 

2. To develop the critical thinking ability of students in order for them to elaborate and come up with quality ideas

 

3. To nurture whole brain thinking that combines creativity and critical thinking, coming up with the most satisfactory solution out of all potential alternatives

 

Contents:

 

Creativity – Drawing exercises, imagination exercises, story-telling exercises, designing own logo, awareness exercises, idea generation fluency, flexibility of ideas, curiosity, elaboration, hand sign language

 

Critical Thinking Ability – Scientific experiments (acid-base tests, vitamin C test, object sinking or floating on water test, plasticine test, photosynthesis test, starch test), making clothes with ordinary stationary

 

Whole Brain Thinking – Observation (following instructions and solving puzzles from hints, finding ways to creatively stack up building blocks, discovering procedure of creating object according to final product),

 

Analysis (draw scenario using all items in list, finding pictures among an array of stars, logical game that involves moving people across the river with physical limitations), Evaluation (Who gets the heart exercise)

 

Coordinator:

Anita Chow, House of Learning Project Director, Social Worker

 

Main Teachers: 

Chan Wai Ki Vikki, HKUST Volunteer, School of Business

Hung Sze Ngo Stella, HKUST Volunteer, School of Business

Tse Chi Man Jasmine, HKUST Volunteer, School of Business

Tse Lai Yan Helen, HKUST Volunteer, School of Business

Zhao Chongfu Stefen, HKUST Student Intern, School of Business

 

Report:

It is without a doubt that the students who have participated in our classes have improve immensely in terms of fluency of generating creative ideas, and picking the best solution out of the brainstorming session.

In the beginning, the students were very slow to generate creative solutions and very reluctant to take on the challenges that were posed by the exercises. As the lessons went on, students were visibly more confident and active in tapping their creativity to express their ideas and come up with their best solutions.

 

By the end of the classes, the students finished the “Who gets the heart” exercise with excellent results. This exercise is given to most brain enrichment classes provided by House of Learning in the last class with students who are generally older than the students taught in Wah Fu Estate Precious Blood. The exercise involves the students to give priorities and reasons to choosing which patient out of the possible 7 deserves to get the only healthy heart transplant available. Most students who are older have immense difficulty in finishing it, as it is a test of not only creativity, critical thinking, but also concentration, team work and discipline. This makes the achievements made by the Wah Fu Estate Precious Blood students even more commendable, as all groups were able to finish their task on time and with full detail.


 

Pictures:   
   
     
Students giving examples of what they would want if they were in charge of the world  Students brainstorming a world where dinosaurs still lived in this world 
     
Opportunity for students to present their ideas  A point system between groups to build a friendly competitive atmosphere that brought the best out of students 
     
Presenting to class their idea if they had the chance to re-design their own body  Groups get to design, make, model and role play their own costumes that consist of only ordinary stationary and materials