The Introduction to Design Thinking course is a new elective this year which teaches students how to use the design thinking process to address a range of issues, from consumer concerns to social issues. Most of the class is devoted to project-based application of the process.
After tackling school-wide issues using the design thinking process – empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test – students shifted to a more concrete application of the design thinking process. They were tasked with identifying a problem in their own lives, coming up with a solution by either creating a new product or improving upon an existing product.
At that point, their work brought them to the Maker Space as they began building prototypes to test. One aspect of their testing was to explain their ideas to Mr. Porter Gieske and incorporate his feedback into their work. They have been getting feedback from each other, Ms. Smith, and Mr. Barnes; talking with Mr. Gieske gave them access to his expertise and experience in designing products.