This Goal brings together a range of targets aimed at supporting innovation and enhancing infrastructure, including support for: financial services and affordable credit; the greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and processes; scientific research and technological development; universal and affordable access to the internet. Read more on the UN SDGs website…
You could use this film clip from UNICEF to start off a lesson about innovation. The idea behind this clip is that innovation can come from anyone, anywhere. Fueled by creativity, connectivity and collaboration, new ways of thinking are shaping the future. You can find lots more great clips on this theme in UNICEF’s ‘Reimagine the future: Innovation for every child’ playlist on YouTube, which features the remarkable work of innovators from around the world driving change for children.
Here are some teaching ideas for exploring this Goal through different subjects:
English / Mother tongue: Imagine you have created a brilliant new invention. Write a letter to your national patent office describing your invention, how it works and why it is an important innovation, and requesting them to register a patent for it.
Maths: Use the World Economic Forum competitiveness rankings to find the ranking value of your country in Infrastructure (Pillar 2) and Innovation (Pillar 12); and calculate the percentage difference between your country’s ranking values and those of two or three other countries.
Design & Technology: Use some of Practical Action’s activities and lessons to explore simple innovations that have made people’s lives easier. Can students come up with their own?
Geography: Investigate some appropriate and affordable technologies that are improving people’s lives in less economically developed countries. Why are these better than what came before? Examples include cleaner cooking stoves that reduce wood smoke, composting or biogas producing toilets or the Embrace incubator for newborn babies.
History: Research inventions and innovations that have significantly improved lives in the past. Such as Jethro Tull’s seed drill, John Snow’s mapping of London’s Soho water pumps or Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewers.
Science: Explore some innovations in the world of medicine and health care that are helping to keep more people alive in less economically developed countries, for example, the recent malaria vaccine. What are the pros and cons of the technology? Why is it needed? How many people could it help?
Understanding Sustainable Living – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Social Studies, Geography, Science.
The World Is Not Equal. Is That Fair? – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Social Studies.
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