During TRIZCON 2007 several in the TRIZ community met under the leadership of Wes Perusek, Altshuller Institute Educational Advisor, with the general objective of setting a direction for integrating TRIZ in the educational system in the United States. Following the conference, Malkin and Halliburton began work on a product to deliver TRIZ principles in a simplified form for use with middle and high school students. The initial result, the Guided Brainstorming Toolkit™ web-book, was presented to teachers and interested parties during a pre-conference workshop at TRIZCON 2008 in Kent, Ohio. The work has since gone through two iterations of implementation, field-testing, and revision. The Invention Road™ web-book now meets the initial objectives to provide a product that:
· Introduces some of the basic concepts of TRIZ,
· Makes a connection to an area of the school curriculum that emphasizes invention, innovation, and design,
· Is easy for middle and high school teachers and students to use on-line, and
· Can be applied and learned in a very brief amount of time.
The products and results of the field tests will be reported along with directions for future development.
Sergey Malkin VP-Technology, Pretium Consulting Services, LLC is a well-know TRIZ Expert, trained by the method’s founder, Genrich Altshuller and has more than 23 years experience of TRIZ application. He has held positions of Director of Software Development, Ideation International Inc.; CEO, Private Enterprise Eurotecton; VP TRIZ&VE, Foton Corp. Sergey holds a MSEE from Sevastopol University and an MBA from Simferopol Business School.
Cal Halliburton has three decades of experience teaching, consulting, training, and delivering seminars on a variety of creative methods of teaching and learning. He currently devotes his time to preparing teaching and learning materials for the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ). He is a certified TOC JONAH and TRIZ Practitioner, holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Iowa State University, and owns an educational and consulting services company, Halliburton Associates, LLC.