Encouraging critical thinking skills
May 02, 2016
We’re using the joy of discovery to spark creativity
Through a partnership with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center, the Anchorage Museum is home to one of the few Spark!Labs outside of Washington, D.C. Spark!Lab is a hands-on creative lab that uses engaging activities to help kids and families learn about the history and process of invention. One of the ways that Spark!Lab is different from more traditional learning environments is that children are not given specific instructions on what to do. Instead they are free to explore and discover on their own. This is because the process of innovation is often less like following a formula, and more like an artistic process of play, accident and creation. It’s that spark of lateral thinking that leads to new and unusual solutions to a problem. Visitors spark critical thinking skills through games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors’ notebooks, and invent. Activities include making a hydroponic garden, testing electric circuits, creating a flying gyroscope, and more.