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ERIC Number: EJ774146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Problem? "No Problem!" Solving Technical Contradictions
Kutz, K. Scott; Stefan, Victor
Technology Teacher, v66 n5 p5-8 Feb 2007
TRIZ (pronounced TREES), the Russian acronym for the theory of inventive problem solving, enables a person to focus his attention on finding genuine, potential solutions in contrast to searching for ideas that "may" work through a happenstance way. It is a patent database-backed methodology that helps to reduce time spent on the problem, encourages creativity, invention, and innovation, and steers a person in the direction of the solution more quickly, accurately, and efficiently. TRIZ is based on the analysis of millions of patents. It provides a road map toward the solution of difficult problems and speeds the development of innovations and inventions. Genrich Altshuller, the father of TRIZ, developed the Contradiction Matrix, which assists in the resolution of over 1,000 different contradictions without compromise. The application of TRIZ can offer a major advantage to the student innovator and inventor at the middle school and secondary levels. This article discusses the use of TRIZ contradiction matrix in solving technical contradictions. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio