The ability to think creatively and also critically is essential to inventing new technology. However, many people assume that creativity is an inborn talent that cannot be learned. But, as In his article for the BBC’s Future blog, Collin Barras states, “research suggests that it’s possible to prime the mind for creative ideas to emerge. And creativity is even taught as an academic discipline in some places.” He asks, “what are the ways teachers are drawing out that creative spark? And should these techniques be taught more in schools?”.