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Creative Design Class With Patents

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Design in Engineering Eduaction - Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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12.418.1 - 12.418.8



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Junghwan Kim Yonsei University

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Il Moon Yonsei University

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Creative Design Class with Patents


All forty-two students in my class applied for the patents. In Creative Design Class, students have learned that how to generate creative idea and apply for patents with creative inventions. All students understood their type of preference through MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) test. They also got their grades of creativity through TTCT (Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking) test. The students have learned about safety engineering, product design and optimization which to develop their creative inventions. All students of this class applied for patents successfully.

Forty-two students were divided into 10 groups and each groups applied for a patent with a creative invention. (One group applied for an additional patent.) Eleven inventions were developed in this class; a Solar Powered Hover Craft, Solar Powered Balloon Toy to Propose Her, an Auto Watering Machine with Timer, a Bicycle with built-in a Fuel Cell Powered Charger, a Portable Capsule Shampoo, a Reversely Holding Umbrella, a Solar Powered Airship, a Nude Coffee Mix Bar (You can see the contents of coffee.), a Clothes Rack with Drying, a Ruler with a Sliding Pen and a Spot Removal Machine.

In this class, they had brain storming about designs and the concepts of products and made a schedule to do for about three months. Their ideas of designs, concepts and the real products were presented in the class. The teamwork and communication skills are very important to develop their creative inventions. At the last step of this class, all students participated in Creative Design Contest held in YONSEI University.

1. Introduction

What is creativity? There are many definitions of creativity. In the dictionary, the word ‘creative’ is defined as ‘an ability to invent and develop original ideas, especially in the arts.’ Creativity has been focused on every field. The lecturer used many methods to improve this creativity in the classroom by keep practicing brainstorming, brain writing, checklist, morphological analysis, etc. These ways of practicing solved the problem either directly or indirectly. Thus, practical experiences have been applied to make the problems to be solved, and make new ideas on the other hand.

Forty-two students in the Creative Design Class have applied for their own patents with creative inventions. Students have taken from elementary steps as followings:

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) & Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) Lectures Creative Invention Applying for patents

Kim, J., & Moon, I. (2007, June), Creative Design Class With Patents Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1853

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