Applying the 21 Synectics Steps

Applying the 21 Synectics Steps

The need for thinking and problem-solving skills dominates our lives. Individuals must analyze problems in the workplace, at school, as a parent, and in many other daily situations. You have an opportunity to practice your problem-solving skills through this assignment.

Assignment: Select one problem from the following list or define your own problem.

  • Design a new textbook for a psychology class, science class, etc.
  • Invent a new telephone.
  • Design a new suitcase.
  • Design new clothes for soldier/teacher/cook/student/ etc.
  • Invent a new style for a video game.
  • Create a short story.
  • Design a new computer.
  • Invent a new way to protect computers from viruses.
  • Create a new type of credit card.
  • Work on solving a problem of your own choosing – a problem that is related to your major field of study.

Remember that you don’t need to create anything physically. You may use images or just descriptions of your ideas. What is important for this assignment is your ability to generate ideas.

  • Number your ideas 1 through 21.
  • Generate 21 ideas about solving it, using the 21 Synectics steps linked here.

Note: The 21 Synectics steps were developed by SynecticsWorld, inc.

Invention Labs & Workshops | Synecticsworld. (n.d.). Synecticsworld. Retrieved May 23, 2012, from

Your completed assignment should be written primarily in first person and should be 500-750 words in length. If you use sources in your writing, be sure to identify them. If you use any direct language from a source, be sure to place those words in quotation marks.

Your assignment should adhere to the stated page length requirement for the week and use APA style formatting including a title page and reference section. You should use Times New Roman, 12pt. font, double-spaced lines, and one inch margins. A description of APA style and the APA template can be found in the Writing Center.

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