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 competitive in the global competition for ideas, student learning environments in Oklahoma must be places that encourage idea generation and creative thinking instead of suppressing the imagination and innovation. An index that looks at the inputs into Oklahoma’s schools that develop creative learning environments and opportunities for teachers and students will be developed.A special Innovation Index Task Force has been appointed, in conjunction with Governor Fallin and Creative Oklahoma, led by John Feaver, chairman of Creative Oklahoma’s Education Committee and president of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The work of the Task Force will include data review, public forums and surveys, and the development of the 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.
Oklahoma ArtScience Prize
Creative Oklahoma adopted the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize in 2011 as a major initiative 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. The Idea Translation Lab was developed at Harvard by Dr. Edwards 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 at the high school level. The ArtScience Prize was born with Boston public high school students who worked under Dr. Edwards direction in teams on the same global issues as the Harvard students. An annual competition for 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. In the past two pilot years of the after school program in Oklahoma, Creative Oklahoma has 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 an in-school and university based models.