Creativity-in-Action is a first-year undergraduate course where students apply creative thinking tools and the design thinking process to a common problem topic. The topic is chosen from one of the Gator Good categories as a theme for that year. The students work in teams of 3-5 students to innovate a prototype solution in five-weeks. At the end of the course, students showcase their innovation ideas with a working prototype, poster, and pitch for the Innovation Academy Catalyst Showcase. This is a juried event where students are awarded for novelty of their idea, the potential for social impact on society, excellent design, and the potential for real-world implementation of the idea.
The Senior Project Course is a culminating course for the Innovation Academy minor. This course combines all of the learning outcomes of the previous minor courses including: creativity, design thinking, leadership, entrepreneurship, and ethics. These upper-level students are challenged to revisit the innovation prototyping process. They identify a global problem and then work in small teams or individually to innovate a solution. In this course students create a functioning prototype and user test the prototype to result in improved prototype iterations. The course culminates with a public presentation and a written report of the team’s innovations ideas, which include a prototype, market analysis, business plan, go-to-market plan, and monitoring and evaluation plan.