Scientific Basis

 The Science Behind Smartivity



As a parent you want your son or daughter to be intelligent and successful. You devote your time, energy and efforts towards preparing your child for a happy, fulfilling and successful life. As a concerned parent, you put a huge emphasis on helping your li’l one prepare for success by sharpening his or her intelligence. You ensure that your child has access to intelligence enhancing tools in the form of games, puzzles and books. With Smartivity, our effort is to provide you with a smarter alternative to traditional tools of enhancing intelligence and preparing your little one for success in the real world.

Smartivity activities integrate two critical approaches to prepare your child to successfully navigate real world challenges: Enhancing intelligence through projects that call upon a comprehensive range of skills; and imbibing confidence through successfully creating something functional and fun.

Our activities are designed to inspire and encourage both, intellectual and creative growth. The collaborative projects provide a wholesome bonding experience where you and your li'l one have fun building something with your hands. Our projects call for a 360-degree involvement and help develop critical skills ranging from motor and cognitive skills to teamwork, decision making, analytical abilities, as well as creative and quantitative abilities.

Here, we have outlined the scientific basis that has inspired the Smart Intelligence approach of Smartivity. 



The Need For Alternative Approach



Smart parents realise that the next generation is no longer restricted to the traditional options when it comes to living their life as adults. The abundance of opportunities in different careers and professions requires a paradigm shift from the importance traditionally given to just analytical and rote-memory skills. In a world where a kid’s options are not limited by conventions, it is a parent’s responsibility that their child is equipped to successfully pursue their passions. Whether a kid wants to be a scientist or an artist, a sportsman or a politician, an actor or a sailor, the question is not so much as what goals a child wants to pursue, but rather, how prepared the child is so that he or she can realize those goals in a meaningful way. 

The Traditional View of Intelligence

Conventional views of intelligence favour individuals who are strong in memory and analytical abilities and disfavour most other individuals. 

Our traditional approach to intelligence has resulted in closed systems that advantage only certain types of children and that disadvantage other types. Children who excel in memory and analytical abilities may end up doing well on ability tests and achievement tests, and hence find the doors of opportunity open to them.

Children who excel in other abilities may end up doing poorly on the tests, and find the doors shut. By treating children with alternative patterns of abilities as losers, we may end up creating harmful self-fulfilling prophecies. Therefore societies need is a broader conception of intelligence.

Robert Sternberg's Theory of Successful Intelligence provides one such conception.



Successful Intelligence as defined by Prof. Robert Sternberg



Smartivity is inspired by the research of Professor Robert Sternberg’s Theory of Successful Intelligence.

This theory defines (Successful) Intelligence as: (1)The ability to achieve one’s goals in life, given one’s sociocultural context (2) by capitalizing on strengths and correcting or compensating for weaknesses (3) in order to adapt to, shape, and select environments and (4) through a combination of analytical, creative, and practical abilities.

Smartivity is inspired by the well-rounded, innovative and inclusive aspect of Robert Sternberg’s theory. Smartivity activities are driven by the objective of delivering a comprehensive learning and growth-focussed experience with each project. Our goal is to provide Smartivity kids with tools that will prepare the li’l ones with abilities that will stand the test of practical, real world situations.

There is no single way to succeed in life that works for everyone. Some lawyers have strong analytical skills but poor communication skills, while others the other way round. Similarly, some artists work well alone, while others need collaborators. But both these set of people can be successful as long as they channel their strengths to their advantage.

Unlike conventional definitions of intelligence which limits itself to just “adapting to the environment,” the theory of successful intelligence distinguishes among adapting, shaping, and selecting.

Many of the greatest people in any one field are people who started off in another field and found that the first field was not really the one in which they had the most to contribute. Rather than spend their lives doing something that turned out not to match their pattern of strengths and weaknesses, they had the sense to find something else to do where they really had a contribution to make.

Professor Sternberg’s definition of Successful Intelligence involves a broader range of abilities than is typically measured by tests of intellectual and academic skills. Most of these tests measure primarily or exclusively memory and analytical abilities. With regard to memory, they assess the abilities to recall and recognize information. With regard to analytical abilities, they measure the skills involved when one analyzes, compares and contrasts, evaluates, critiques, and judges.

These are important skills during the school years and in later life. But they are not the only skills that matter for school and life success. One needs not only to remember and analyze concepts; also one needs to be able to generate and apply them. Memory pervades analytic, creative, and practical thinking, and is necessary for their execution; but it is far from sufficient.



The Relevance of Smart Intelligence



Smart Intelligence: Successful Intelligence + "I Made It" Confidence



Inspired by Professor Sternberg, and taking a playful, fun and collaborative approach that brings together parents and kids to create real-world projects that inspire both parents and kids to explore and push the boundaries of their skills, Smart Intelligence ensures that the kids are prepared for application of their creative, practical and analytical abilities to real world situations as well.

We call our real-world oriented, practical and playful approach to intelligence Smart Intelligence.

Smart Intelligence is an all-round approach to intelligence rather than the traditional definition that emphasises on just strong memory and analytical abilities.

Smartivity activities are growth oriented but we have ensured that they are playful and fun as well. Every project also ensure a long-term engagement through the games we have designed around each activity.

Smartivity ensures a wholesome and smarter learning experience and imbibes a sense of confidence in children by strengthening the belief of having created something functional with their own hands, that they can play with and share with the world.

Through our offerings, we are dedicated to delivering intelligence enhancing, confidence boosting and fun-filled tools that will prepare your child for real world challenges.



3 Components of Successful Intelligence



The Three Components of Successful Intelligence

Smartivity’s concept of Smart Intelligence derives from Successful Intelligence which has been organized around the analytical, creative, and practical aspects of intelligence. Smartivity activities are designed to maximise the potential of these intelligences in kids.

Analytical Intelligence

Analytical intelligence is involved when the information-processing components of intelligence are applied to analyze, evaluate, judge, or compare and contrast. It typically is involved when components are applied to relatively familiar kinds of problems where the judgments to be made are of a fairly abstract nature.

Creative Intelligence

Creative intelligence is involved when the the ability to create, invent, discover, imagine, and predict what might happen is called upon.

Practical Intelligence

Practical intelligence involves individuals applying their abilities to the kinds of problems that confront them in daily life, such as on the job or in the home. Practical intelligence involves applying the components of intelligence to experience so as to: a) adapt to, b) shape, and, c) select environments. Adaptation is involved when one changes oneself to suit the environment. Shaping is involved when one changes the environment to suit oneself. And selection is involved when one decides to seek out another environment that is a better match to one’s needs, abilities, and desires.