State of Creativity Awards
Creative Oklahoma provides a variety of cash and non-cash awards recognizing and encouraging creativity and innovation throughout the state, with a special emphasis on youth.
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Oklahoma Innovation Index
If Oklahoma is to be globally competitive with ideas, student-learning environments in Oklahoma must be places that encourage rather than repress idea generation and creative thinking. To promote this idea, a special task force led by John Feaver* (in conjunction with Governor Fallin and Creative Oklahoma) has begun data review, public forums, and surveys for the development of an Innovation Index. Oklahoma is the second state to develop a creativity or innovation index that will guide advancement in educational practice towards incorporation of more creativity and innovation in the classroom. The task force began their work on May 30, 2012.
*Chairman of Creative Oklahoma’s Education Committee and president of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Oklahoma ArtScience Prize
Creative Oklahoma adopted the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize in 2011 to encourage high school student engagement in creative problem solving and aspirational thinking methodologies. The ArtScience Prize was developed by Harvard professor David Edwards as a university level course where art and science students came together in a creative problem solving process to develop innovative solutions, addressing some of the globe’s greatest problems. Dr. Edwards developed the Idea Translation Lab at Harvard for his students’ work. The students also traveled to Paris each summer to work with Dr. Edwards and top European scientists and designers at Le Laboratoire on their innovative ideas. The university student work was so exciting that Dr. Edwards wondered what ideas might be in the minds of younger students. The ArtScience Prize began with Boston public high school students who worked under Dr. Edwards’ direction in teams on the same global issues as the Harvard students. The annual competition allows the team with the best ideas to travel with the Harvard students to Paris for the summer workshop. In 2010 Oklahoma became only the second replication site of the ArtScience Prize, which now boasts international sites in Dublin, Singapore, London, Dubai, Capetown, and Paris. Following two pilot years of the after school program in Oklahoma, Creative Oklahoma sent two winning teams of Oklahoma City high school students to Le Laboratoire to further develop their innovative concepts. In 2012, Oklahoma also developed its own summer Innovation Workshop for students in collaboration with the University of Central Oklahoma for second, third, and fourth runners-up in the competition. In 2013, the global theme of “Synthetic Biology” will be developed by Oklahoma and ArtScience teams around the world with Oklahoma also developing in-school and university based models.