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Random Words

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Random words is a short activity which can be used to introduce AS and A2 students to creativity techniques. It can be used to help generate inspiration for problem solving and encourage different ways of thinking.

The Activity
Get yourself into a small group and ask your teacher for a couple of large sheets of paper and a marker pen
If this activity is to be used to support an ecodesign redesign activity write the focus area for improvement where everyone can see it e.g. energy reduction

The rules: do not criticise, be as crazy as you like, listen to each other, have fun

Select a random word from a box of pre-prepared words from your teacher and write the word in the middle of their piece of paper
Your group then has 3 minutes to work together to jot down as many words associated with the random word stimulus as possible
e.g. for 'Pencil' you might write paper, sharp, point, wood, lead, write, letters, books, blunt, rubber etc
Now apply any of the words that you have generated to the problem of energy reduction and write them down

By the end of the session your group will have generated a whole range of new ways of reducing the energy consumption of the product
Circle the ideas that you like the most and which you think you will be able to use

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