MISSION AND VISION


Mission: Engage and inspire the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration of STEM concepts using renewable materials.

Vision: cultivate creativity by providing kids with the experiences they need to look at the world in new ways.  We engage kids with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math "STEM" programs.  Our approach to teaching uses the design process and “STEAM” - the "A" (art) adds the ability for students to look at a situation from new and creative angles and inspires innovation. 

By meshing creativity, STEAM, design thinking, and reuse, Child Creativity Lab inspires students to learn vital skills necessary to compete and lead the 21st century workforce and raises their potential for personal development and entrepreneurial contributions to society.


CREATIVITY CRISES & THE CHILD CREATIVITY LAB

Creativity is the production of something original and useful and is a trait that is as much desired as it is admired. Unfortunately, creativity is on the decline in the United States.

In a 2010 report and 2017 follow-up study*, data indicate that “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.”

Many have referred to our current time as a time of creativity crisis for our children.

In a 2010 IBM Global Survey of more than 1500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, creativity was selected as the most crucial factor for future success. That’s right — the most crucial factor, above hard work, discipline, integrity, or vision. But creativity in America has declined steadily since 1990, and creativity programs in schools continue to be cut.

Creativity is not a “nice to have” it is a “need to have”. Though some have a natural gift, creativity is a learned behavior. It’s a matter of how you approach things, how you act or react to new circumstances, your proclivity to look at things in different ways, your willingness to question, experiment, and take chances. In other words, creativity is not “what you are” as much as “what you do.”

*Kyung Hee Kim (2011). The creativity crisis: The decrease in creative thinking scores on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking. Creativity Research Journal, 23, 285-295.

 

HOW CCL BENEFITS THE COMMUNITY

 
  CHILDREN   • Freedom for uninhibited creative play in a neutral, non-judgmental environment, without pressure to perform • Enrichment of creativity, divergent thinking, problem solving, and ability to innovate, which are important skills not focused on by our school systems • Diverse activities providing a distinct variety of stimuli, entertainment and creativity-building tools to address short attention spans

CHILDREN

• Freedom for uninhibited creative play in a neutral, non-judgmental environment, without pressure to perform
• Enrichment of creativity, divergent thinking, problem solving, and ability to innovate, which are important skills not focused on by our school systems
• Diverse activities providing a distinct variety of stimuli, entertainment and creativity-building tools to address short attention spans

  PARENTS   • Affordable, accessible, and much-needed resource to support key development areas of their children and overall family dynamics • Safe and supervised environment to let families take part in hours of fun and beneficial activities • Quality, personalized souvenir creations to live famously and decoratively on any wall or workplace for lasting memories • Modern decor and "iConnected" to provide plush comfort and the real-time sharing with friends and family via social media

PARENTS

• Affordable, accessible, and much-needed resource to support key development areas of their children and overall family dynamics
• Safe and supervised environment to let families take part in hours of fun and beneficial activities
• Quality, personalized souvenir creations to live famously and decoratively on any wall or workplace for lasting memories
• Modern decor and "iConnected" to provide plush comfort and the real-time sharing with friends and family via social media

  EDUCATORS   • Structured field trip workshops to supplement local school curriculum in an engaging environment • Teacher-approved after-school programs designed to encourage imaginative expression and to strengthen academic achievement • Appreciation program that invites teachers to experience the CCL and preview activities for their classrooms free of charge

EDUCATORS

• Structured field trip workshops to supplement local school curriculum in an engaging environment
• Teacher-approved after-school programs designed to encourage imaginative expression and to strengthen academic achievement
• Appreciation program that invites teachers to experience the CCL and preview activities for their classrooms free of charge

  COMMUNITY   • Significant community addition enhancing the available resources, including an active focus on disadvantaged populations • New tourism attraction that will add increased revenues to the city, county, and other businesses • Meaningful benefits for children that are long-lasting and that will pay forward to society in terms of leadership and future innovation

COMMUNITY

• Significant community addition enhancing the available resources, including an active focus on disadvantaged populations
• New tourism attraction that will add increased revenues to the city, county, and other businesses
• Meaningful benefits for children that are long-lasting and that will pay forward to society in terms of leadership and future innovation

  SPONSORS   • Notable opportunity to be part of building the CCL legacy that will serve this generation and generations to come • Facilitates immeasurable personal achievement and organization goals for philanthropic contributions to the community

SPONSORS

• Notable opportunity to be part of building the CCL legacy that will serve this generation and generations to come
• Facilitates immeasurable personal achievement and organization goals for philanthropic contributions to the community

 
 

ACCESS FOR EVERYONE

We provide access to children and families, regardless of their ability to pay.  Thanks to our sponsors, donors and grant providers, roughly 40% of our programs and services are underwritten and are provided to under-served communities for free or at a substantially reduced rate. 

Our facility is purposefully located in a centralized area of Orange County and is close to various forms of public transportation, ensuring access to the entire community. 

 

EDUCATION SYSTEM ALIGNMENT

As an engaged partner with our school system all of our programs are in alignment with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. We also work with a teacher advisory council to ensure our programs are relevant to current classroom conditions, standards and expectations.

Our programs enhance day-to-day learning with engaging and inspiring hands-on experiences, meant to spark the desire for self-motivated learning. We integrate high tech tools and reuse items to provide a low cost – high impact experiences for students.