My mom told me a story about her day. She teaches Communication Skills. Today one of her students began their presentation by placing a box in the front of the room.
He called it The Solution.
Then he asked three volunteers from his class to stand on the other side of the room. He gave each of them a paper plane, which he called The Problem. The volunteers had to try get the paper plane in the box.
All of them fell short.
Then the student produced a fourth paper plane. He spent some time looking at the box, measuring the distance and considering the angles. Eventually he took off his shoe, stuck his paper plane inside and threw it.
The shoe and the paper plane landed in the box.
That, he said, is thinking outside the box.
This kid is going places.