Lesson 3. The SIP Approach To Critical Thinking

This course teaches you how your your STEAM Investigative Process can be used to acknowledge and align various mindsets, leverage existing local resources, and produce high quality, effective and optimized outputs.
NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program · Sunday, Feb 18 2024 12:07AM

The SIP Approach To Critical Thinking


The STEAM Investigative Process (The SIP) is a powerful communication tool that lays the foundation for identifying opportunities, navigating challenges, driving innovation, and establishing a collaborative culture for personal and professional growth. It demonstrates the critical thinking approach that effective leaders use in research and data analysis, strategic planning, team building, time management, business development, event coordination, local economic development, and team collaborations to make good decisions and take action to solve problems.

What You Will Learn

In this lesson, you will learn how to:

  1. Recognize and navigate diverse mindsets and approaches to problem-solving.
  2. Create an environment of mutual understanding and collaboration.
  3. Identify and optimize existing local resources to create sustainable and impactful strategies.
  4. Implement your SIP to enhance the quality and effectiveness of your efforts
  5. Use The SIP Grid to explore strategies and interconnect with stakeholders.

Course Activities

Through engaging discussions, practical exercises, and real-world examples, participants will learn how to use The STEAM Investigative Process Grid and understand the important role it plays in illustrating where barriers exist that prevent us from: 

  • Using effective communication
  • Acknowledging and align various mindsets
  • Leveraging existing local resources
  • Producing high quality, effective and optimized outputs
  • Interconnecting with key stakeholders
  • Creating flexible, blended-learning employment solutions that benefit the local community

NOTE: It is recommended that you complete this course BEFORE completing Module 4. The Stakeholder’ Dilemma.

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Course Includes

  • 6 Lessons
  • 2 Topics
  • 5 Quizzes