Discovery Center Education Programs

Design Thinking

OVERVIEW
Design thinking is a process rooted in a set of skills that is used to solve a whole range of problems. In this virtual lesson, students consider design thinking as a process and explore some of the key aspects of human-centered designs and innovations. Students will consider how to use design thinking to create objects and systems that make our lives easier. Students will practice their design thinking skills, particularly focusing on inclusion through design.

RECOMMENDED AGE
Upper Elementary, Middle & High School

WHAT TO EXPECT
In this virtual experience, students will participate in the design thinking process by doing two design challenges. They will consider the importance of empathy and the many elements that go into design. During the session, students will be asked to engage regularly in the chatbox or using their microphone. Students need a piece of paper and a writing utensil to participate in the presentation.

SUBJECTS: STEAM | SOCIAL STUDIES | DESIGN | GLOBAL ISSUES

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β€œIt was such a great opportunity to think about design, innovation and the world in a new way, especially since they are all doing virtual learning from home. Many want to learn more about the Gates Foundation and Design Thinking and work on some projects of their own inspired by your workshop.”
– Afterschool Enrichment Coordinator

 

TOUR RESOURCES & ACTIVITIES

Below you will find resources, including design cards to help students consider different elements of good design. Students can use the optional Community Design worksheet to guide them through a design challenge.

Design Cards Activity

These design cards help students consider different elements of good design.

Community Design Worksheet

Students can use the optional Community Design worksheet to guide them through a design challenge.

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