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INTRODUCTION TO SUBJECTS

Creativity: Beyond the Borders” is the theme of the year 2018-2019! Owlypia has five main subjects and Common Ground.

Young intellectuals are expected to select their favourite subject and focus on it. You may find the recommended resources under each subject below. The study resources contain several films and videos to watch, alongside a range of books and articles to read. Some thought-provoking questions provided with each subject should be used to guide one’s research. Any combination of the articles, books, videos, films, blogs and research topics which we highlight online in our resources section is possible during the competition. We therefore advise that all materials are covered to ensure sufficient preparation along with the Common Ground.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences DEMO

Developing critical thinking skills focusing on the study of society and the relationship among individuals within society, social studies explains the world in which we live by widening our perspectives and viewpoint of current events and human interactions and. Social Sciences ignites a curiosity about real-world issues and it helps us comprehend developments that are taking place in the world and understand our roles in shaping the future and strengthens personal confidence through collaboration and competition.

Subcategories: Education, Law, Human Rights, Philosophy, History, and Geography.

You are expected to do research on the theme of the year ,”Creativity: Beyond the Borders”, in the context of Social Sciences. You may find the recommended resources below.

Books

  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David M. Kelley and Tom Kelley
  • A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative by Roger von Oech

Films

  • 3 Idiots (2009)
  • Inception (2010)
  • Gifted (2017)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Topics

Explore the following below:

  • John Dewey
  • Maria Montessori
  • Martin Luther King Jr

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • How would you define creativity? Please explain how you go about deciding that something/someone is creative.
  • Do you believe that each person has the capacity to be creative? Why?
  • In thinking about the things that you have created, is there something that you hated but the public may have loved – and perhaps purchased? How do you explain this?
  • Do you think that creativity is part of human nature or is it something that must be nurtured and learned?
  • Do you believe that it is important to be accepted by others as being creative or is just doing what you love to do enough to justify your work?
  • Do you believe that creativity and genius go hand in hand? What do you think about the commonly-held notion that creativity is linked to madness?
  • What benefits or problems might we expect with the cloning of highly creative individuals?
  • What happens to the mind of the learner when a teacher or a parent begins by asking instead of telling?

Art & Design

Art & Design DEMO

Art encourages us to express ourselves aiming to foster creativity and empathy by changing your self-image and metaphor. The purpose of studying art is to mould the minds of children to develop a positive nature and appreciate natural beauty and it makes us strive more intently, think much more deeply, and feel joy more profoundly.

Subcategories: Architecture, Fashion, Painting, Music, Photography.

You are expected to do research on the theme of the year, “Creativity: Beyond the Borders”, in the context of Art & Design. You may find the recommended resources below.

Book

  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  • Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

Films

  • Black (2005)
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
  • Loving Vincent (2017)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Topics

Explore the following below:

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Will Smith
  • Zaha Hadid

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • What is a distinguishing characteristic of your art?
  • What is the best way to train young artists to be creative?
  • What are the biggest barriers to creativity?
  • How do you build a culture of creativity?
  • How has modern technology impacted art?
  • How does being creative in art impact your life?
  • Do you listen to music in order to help yourself focus and be more creative?
  • How does our definition of value influence the emphasis we put on certain work?
  • Do you think you value originality or usefulness, or both in your work?

Literature & Culture

Literature & Culture DEMO

Literature, like a frigate in Emily Dickinson’s words, sits on the horizon of our lives to take us lands away. It is the perpetuum mobile that turns the cogs of our existence: it inspires, enables, and transforms you into the person you will dare to become. It opens the future like a golden key. It allows you to experience other lives, other cultures, and other worlds, and grow with this knowledge. Fear not its magnetic allure: allow yourself to take the step along the literary journey, and remember: “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Subcategories: Poetry, Drama, Novels, Short Stories.

You are expected to do research on the theme of the year,”Creativity: Beyond the Borders”, in the context of Literature &. Culture. You may find the recommended resources below.

Books

  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Films

  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • Genius (2016)
  • Arrival (2016)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Topics

Explore the following below:

  • Chinua Achebe
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • William Shakespeare

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • How Might School Culture Influence Each Student’s Creative Potential And The Domains In Which They Apply Their Creative Capacity?
  • How Might The Culture At School Dictate The Type Of Creative Process That Is Adopted By Teachers And Students (All Learners)?
  • How Might We Explore What Value Systems We Use To Judge Creativity In Our Schools?
  • If You Were A Literacy Teacher, How Would You Build A Culture Of Creativity In Your Classroom?
  • Compare And Contrast The Relationship Between Culture And Creativity. Illustrate It With Some Concrete Examples From Various Cultures
  • How Can Poetry Stimulate Creativity?
  • How can creative thinking be taught or learned through literature?
  • Do you think that creativity involves putting your heart and soul into your work?

Science & Technology

Science & Technology DEMO

The indispensability and vitality of scientific knowledge and technological inventions are more than obvious at all aspects of life these days. Therefore, contemporary society is not characterised by more than anything else but Science & Technology and its importance is demonstrated in the daily lives of people. Science & Technology encourages to improve the quality of education, increasing the interest in science creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievements by students.

Subcategories: Life Sciences, Innovation, and Engineering

You are expected to do research on the theme of the year,”Creativity: Beyond the Borders”, in the context of Science & Technology. You may find the recommended resources below.

Books

  • Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas by Roberta B. Ness
  • How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery by Kevin Ashton

Films

  • October Sky (1999)
  • The Imitation Game (2014)
  • Hidden Figures (2016)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Topics

Explore the following below:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Marie Curie
  • Nikola Tesla

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • Is creativity a purely human characteristic?
  • Why is creativity an essential step in human development?
  • Is creativity something a person is born with, as a part of a biological makeup of an individual, or is it something that is acquired and developed through life?
  • Can creativity be correlated with the activity of specific areas of the brain?
  • Based on famous examples of successful scientists; do you think that creativity is a prerequisite for true innovation?
  • Which one contributes more to innovation in science and technology: intelligence or creativity?
  • How would you improve your creative problem-solving skills?
  • What are your opinions on the capability of contemporary education to nurture creativity in students?
  • Do you think you are able to adequately express your creativity through science and technology?
  • Is modern technology destroying or fostering creativity?
  • What would be some actions you would undertake to overcome a creative constraint?
  • What technological and scientific innovations were inspired by science fiction?

Economics & Business

Economics & Business DEMO

The study of economics provides valuable knowledge for making decisions in everyday life. By studying economics, students can develop an analytical approach that helps them to understand a wide range of issues such as why some people earn more than others, why some economies grow faster than others, and how people set up and run a successful business. Economics challenge students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.

Subcategories: Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship.

You are expected to do research on the theme of the year,”Creativity: Beyond the Borders”, in the context of Economics & Business. You may find the recommended resources below.

Books

  • REWORK by Jason Fried & David H Hansson
  • The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

Films

  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • The Social Network (2010)
  • Moneyball (2011)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Topics

Explore the following below:

  • Jack Ma
  • Jeff Bezos
  • Oprah Winfrey

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • If you were designing a new university for the creative economy, what would be its main features?
  • What makes a great creative city?
  • How do I get a job and/or make a living in the creative economy?
  • What are the characteristics of a creative citizen?
  • Why is creativity so crucial for entrepreneurs?
  • What jobs require creativity?
  • Why do organisations need creativity?
  • Can creativity be trained?

Here you will find the resources for last year’s competition with the theme of the year: “Failure: Road to Success”.

Social Sciences (2017-2018)

Developing critical thinking skills focusing on the study of society and the relationship among individuals within society, social studies explains the world in which we live by widening our perspectives and viewpoint of current events and human interactions and. Social Sciences ignites a curiosity about real-world issues and it helps us comprehend developments that are taking place in the world and understand our roles in shaping the future and strengthens personal confidence through collaboration and competition.

Subcategories: Education, Law, Human Rights, Philosophy, History and Geography.

Books

  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
  • Grit: The power of passion and perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Films

  • Life is Beautiful (1997)
  • Freedom Writers (2007)
  • Selma (2014)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Questions

  • Explore the life of Nelson Mandela.
  • Can you define the success without the existence of failure? What is the relationship between failure and success?
  • What are the habits of a successful person? Is it important to have a certain mindset?

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • Assume that you could choose how you interpret an outcome, which mind-set would be more beneficial for an individual? Why?
  • Assume that you were the leader of a society, which mindset would you suggest for your fellow citizens to ensure a healthy development of your society? Will this be effective?
  • Is failure/success an objective or subjective matter?  Give an example for an objective failure/success and a subjective one.
  • Even a toddler falls down before walking. From an educational perspective, how can we build an environment in which young individuals learn to fail and understand that failure is a crucial part of learning and ultimately being successful?
  • Does your success mean others’ failure?
  • What is the importance of other people’s and societies opinion on an individual’s failure?
  • Is failure inevitable on the way to success?
  • In what ways can failure contribute to an individual reaching his/her true potential?
  • How can we insist on trying when failure is a lot more probable than success?
  • Could failure of a society be helpful for its own advancement? Can you think of an example of this?

Art & Design (2017-2018)

Art encourages us to express ourselves aiming to foster creativity and empathy by changing your self-image and metaphor. The purpose of studying art is to mould the minds of children to develop a positive nature and appreciate natural beauty and it makes us strive more intently, think much more deeply, and feel joy more profoundly.

Subcategories: Architecture, Fashion, Painting, Music, Photography.

Book

  • Success and Failure of Picasso by John Berger
  • Failure (Documents of Contemporary Art) by Lisa Le Feuvre

Films

  • The King’s Speech (2010)
  • Whiplash (2014)
  • Big Eyes (2014)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Questions

  • Explore the life of Leonardo Da Vinci.
  • Can you define the success without the existence of failure? What is the relationship between failure and success?
  • What are the habits of a successful person? Is it important to have a certain mindset?

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • If you met your artistic icon, what would you ask them and why?
  • What role do you think does the artist have in society?
  • Is talent the most important thing to artistic success? Why?
  • What are your creative strengths and skills and where do you need improvement?
  • What mistakes or fears stopped you from reaching your potential? How can you overcome them?
  • Have there been any failures that made your life better?
  • Is there a right time to give up and stop trying? Or should you never give up?
  • Do you make time for what matters most daily?
  • Are you using your talents to make a difference in the world?
  • Have you met anyone life changing? Did they influence you? And how?
  • Do you feel challenged by your goals?
  • If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
  • If you experience failure early on when trying something new, do you tend to give up on keep trying?

Literature & Culture (2017-2018)

Literature, like a frigate in Emily Dickinson’s words, sits on the horizon of our lives to take us lands away. It is the perpetuum mobile that turns the cogs of our existence: it inspires, enables, and transforms you into the person you will dare to become. It opens the future like a golden key. It allows you to experience other lives, other cultures and other worlds, and grow with this knowledge. Fear not its magnetic allure: allow yourself to take the step along the literary journey, and remember: “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Subcategories: Poetry, Drama, Novels , Short Stories.

Books

  • Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling
  • The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mystery by Sarah Lewis

Films

  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Billy Elliot (2000)
  • Finding Forrester (2000)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Questions

  • Explore the life of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
  • Can you define the success without the existence of failure? What is the relationship between failure and success?
  • What are the habits of a successful person? Is it important to have a certain mindset?

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • What have you learned from the failures of the characters in the books you have read?
  • Which is worse: failing or never trying?
  • What are the 10 most motivating words used in your culture?
  • What is your best advice on keeping focused on the important when the distractions in your live is constant?
  • How do you sustain self-motivation when you suffer a setback toward your goals?
  • What books would you recommend to help someone find their motivation?
  • How real do you find the concept of the butterfly effect?
  • What would you offer as a piece of advice about beginning or changing habits or starting fresh?
  • Can there be happiness without sadness? Pleasure without pain? Peace without war?
  • “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” (Henry Ford) What has been your most rewarding mistake so far?

Science & Technology (2017-2018)

The indispensability and vitality of scientific knowledge and technological inventions are more than obvious at all aspects of life these days. Therefore, contemporary society is not characterised more than anything else but Science & Technology and its importance is demonstrated in the daily lives of people. Science & Technology encourages to improve the quality of education, increasing the interest in science creating a technologically literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievements by students.

Subcategories: Life Sciences, Innovation and Engineering

Books

  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Films

  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • Interstellar (2014)
  • The Martian (2015)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Questions

  • Explore the life of Steve Jobs.
  • Can you define the success without the existence of failure? What is the relationship between failure and success?
  • What are the habits of a successful person? Is it important to have a certain mindset?

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • What are your opinions on the idea that learning from failure is a lower learning path?
  • Based on famous examples of successful people, do you think it is necessary for a person to change himself/herself to be successful after failures in his/her life?
  • Which one would success mainly depend on: stubbornness after repeated failures or an accomplishment through clever ideas?
  • Which is better: success after several failures or success over success?
  • How would you strengthen your enthusiasm that was lost after successive failures?
  • What would be the top 5 actions you would do to succeed after failure?
  • Are repeated failures a setback in scientific researches of young scientists?
  • Is there a certain pattern between the responses of ingenious scientists who have constantly failed in almost their entire life, but still managed to turn their failures into scientific breakthroughs?
  • How do scientific researchers deal with so much failure?

Economics & Business (2017-2018)

The study of economics provides valuable knowledge for making decisions in everyday life. By studying economics, students can develop an analytical approach that helps them to understand a wide range of issues such as why some people earn more than others, why some economies grow faster than others, and how people set up and run a successful business. Economics challenge students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.

Subcategories: Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship.

Books

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  • Anyone can do it: My story by Duncan Bannatyne

Films

  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • Joy (2015)
  • The Founder (2016)

Videos

Articles/Blogs

Research Questions

  • Explore the life of Elon Reeve Musk.
  • Can you define the success without the existence of failure? What is the relationship between failure and success?
  • What are the habits of a successful person? Is it important to have a certain mindset?

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • What are the main characteristics that an entrepreneur must demonstrate for success?
  • How do entrepreneurs measure success or failure?
  • What leads a great business into failure and why?
  • What methods and techniques are used to come up with successful business ideas?
  • What happens to businesses when they stop calculating risks?
  • What are the first initial steps into walking to success?
  • How can innovation lead to both business failure and success?
  • What are the fundamental features that a business must maintain to avoid failure?
  • How does motivation link into the success of businesses?
  • Does innovation drive success or success drive innovation? How?
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