Modelling a laboratory for ideas as a new tool for fostering engineering creativity

Zeljko Tekic, Anja Tekic, Vladimir Todorovic

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This paper outlines the principles of modelling and designing a laboratory for ideas, an innovative solution dedicated to the development of creativity and creative problem solving skills in an engineering context. Reflecting the objectives, this paper defines the connection between creativity and engineering, adopting them as a single mindset, and describes how creativity should be taught, having in mind new education models at leading engineering schools. It highlights five factors which have a significant impact on creativity of individuals - motivation, environment, knowledge and domain skills, openness to other domains, and open ended problems in assignments. As a co-creative and supportive environment, laboratory for ideas covers these factors and encompasses different groups of actors and activities. By encouraging students' entrepreneurial intentions and practical innovativeness, it is described how it should systematically strengthen both their creativity and engineering mindset.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-407
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
Issue numberJanuary
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event25th DAAAM International Symposium on Intelligent Manufacturing and Automation, DAAAM 2014 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 26 Nov 201429 Nov 2014


  • Creative problem solving
  • Education models
  • Engineering creativity
  • Laboratory for ideas
  • Students' creativity


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