How do we teach students to become innovative thinkers? Through exploration and experimentation. In this final part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, talk about ways to foster innovation in the high school classroom. They address several questions from teachers in hopes of getting at the heart of encouraging more risk-taking and creativity, as well as helping educators become catalysts for change.

Innovation in the Classroom: Inspiring Creativity

It’s one thing to recognize the power and influence of innovation, and entirely something else to call yourself an innovator. In this third part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss the connection between innovation and creativity, and why experimentation is critical to developing innovation skills. In addition to sharing their own insights, the featured speakers also answer questions from high school educators.

Thinking Like an Innovator: The Power of Experimentation

In a KWHS article on innovation, Jamie Lee Solimano, a finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search for high school students, defined innovation like this: “To shift society or have an impact, you have to introduce something novel.” While invention is indeed one aspect of innovation, it is also so much more. In this first part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss innovation basics and how it is related to critical thinking and problem-solving.

Inside Innovation: Tackling the World’s Most Pressing Problems

Jessie Bernstein, 18, did not feel completely ready to go to college when she graduated from high school last June. She decided, instead, to defer her college acceptance and take a gap year -- a year off to explore interests and get experience doing new activities. KWHS sat down with Bernstein – literally inside a barn at the organic farm where she works – to discuss her life as a “gapper” and whether or not, so far, it has been the right choice for her.

Organic Farming, Snowboarding and Surfing in South Africa: A Gap Year to Remember

Talk about a love for soccer. Kids in Africa are known to fashion soccer balls out of just about anything they can find in order to play the game. Jeff DeCelles and his Grassroot Soccer colleagues have used that passion as a platform to teach young people about HIV and AIDS. In this podcast with Knowledge@Wharton High School editor Diana Drake, DeCelles discusses soccer for social good and his path from the University of Vermont to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Grassroots Goal: HIV Prevention on the Soccer Field

Nonprofit organizations dedicated to the public good can’t do their important work without money. Take, for instance, Sesame Street, an educational program for children that is seen around the world. Without the necessary funding, the Muppets would be out of work. During the recent Child & Youth Finance International summit in Amsterdam, Knowledge@Wharton High School sat down with Anita Stewart to discuss her role developing and securing strategic corporate alliances and sponsorships for Sesame Workshop, the organization that produces Sesame Street.

Funding Elmo: Sesame Workshop’s Anita Stewart Talks Money and Muppets

In April, which also happens to be National Financial Literacy Month, Knowledge@Wharton High School traveled to Amsterdam in Holland for the Child & Youth Finance International summit. While there, we sat down with Tom Rosen Jacobsen, a 10th grader from Amsterdam, to talk about the more than 70 youth from 40 countries participating in the event, and the challenge of agreeing on policy recommendations even when you don’t speak the same language.

Building Up Those Bank Accounts: An Amsterdam Student’s View on Global Financial Literacy