Design thinking – the practice of innovating solutions to real problems – can create heightened levels of engagement and a tremendous excitement about learning. With teachers guiding students in the practice of design thinking, students learn to assess and adjust as they discover the world around them and their role in it.
“What would it mean to intentionally develop the entrepreneurial and innovative talents of all young people – to nurture their initiative, curiosity, imagination, creativity, and collaborative skills, as well as their analytical abilities – along with essential qualitites of character sucha s persistence, empathy and a strong moral foundation? ”
~ Tony Wagnar "Creating Innovators"
By integrating design thinking into the Chase curriculum, we are providing our students the skills to succeed in a world that requires creativity and an ability to quickly adapt to change.
This is Design Thinking
EMPATHIZE: Understand the experience of the audience for whom you are designing. Who is your user and what is important to them?
DEFINE: Form a user point of view. What are your user’s needs?
IDEATE: Brainstorm! Explore a wide variety of possible solutions without judging or editing them.
PROTOTYPE: Transform your ideas into a model that your user can experience and interact with. Get feedback from the user.
TEST: This is where the user tries your product or solution. What worked? What didn’t? Refine your product or solution.
Can design thinking help in your life? The New York Times says "yes!"