Innovate Curriculum

Accelerate an Innovative Mindset

Help students connect STEAM and other core subjects to real-world applications through an interdisciplinary online curriculum that accelerates development of 21st-century skills.

Put Primary Sources to Work

Innovate Curriculum leverages primary sources of The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation, an unparalleled collection of 26 million artifacts that sheds light on the way people have innovated across 300 years of history.

Students develop a range of important skills through the Innovate Curriculum. They collaborate with others to identify and critically think through real-world problems. They design creative solutions and prototypes to address those problems. And they effectively communicate and pitch entrepreneurial solutions.

Innovate Curriculum

Accelerate Core Discipline Performance

Innovate helps middle school students connect their subject matter to real-world applications through understanding innovation and developing skills. Use Innovate to unleash every student’s potential to develop groundbreaking ideas. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes four interactive courses featuring:

Digital Artifacts

from The Henry Ford’s Archive of American Innovation

Dynamic Lessons

with real-life stories

Learn-by-Doing Activities

and interactive content that prepares students to participate in competitions.

Exclusive Interviews

with real visionaries

Celebrity-Led Tours

of exciting startups

Facilitator Guide

that aligns each course to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards

Curriculum for Your Classroom

Ready-to-use lesson plans and activities to foster innovative thinking skills. 

Lesson Plan

Innovate 101: Lesson 1

What is innovation?: How does it differ from invention?

Innovate

6-8

language-arts, social-studies, stem

Lesson Plan

Innovate 102: Lesson 1

Uncovering a Need: How do innovators solve important problems?

Innovate

6-8

language-arts, social-studies, stem

Lesson Plan

Innovate 103: Lesson 1

From Innovator to Entrepreneur: What do entrepreneurs do differently than innovators?

Innovate

6-8

language-arts, social-studies, stem

Lesson Plan

Innovate 103: Lesson 3

Protecting your Ideas: Why do entrepreneurs need to protect their ideas?

Innovate

6-8

language-arts, social-studies, stem

Lesson Plan

Innovate 104: Lesson 1

Uncover: How do I connect with my users to identify needs, develop insights, and gain perspective?

Innovate

6-8

language-arts, social-studies, stem

Lesson Plan

Innovate 104: Lesson 5

Implement: How do I take my prototype to market, seek new insights, and continue to innovate?

Innovate

6-8

language-arts, social-studies, stem

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Integrate Innovation Learning into Your Classroom

Learn more about instructor-led online courses and workshops.

Professional Development

Resources that Activate an Innovative Mindset

Connect core disciplinary understanding to the real-world.

Curriculum Resources

Take Learning Beyond the Classroom

Introduce them to iconic inventions, inspiring individuals, and unique settings that have changed the world.

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