- University of the Arts
- 3 High Schools (String Theory Schools, SLA@Beeber, Hallahan Girl's HS )
- The Franklin Institute
- Philadelphia History Truck
- The Art Guild
Utilize design thinking principles to investigate the community view of a social question/issue ....
- What makes a community?
- What defines home?
- What makes a family?
Synthesize data and fabricate an interactive exhibit that shares that collective experience back to the community.
- Philadelphia Science Festival
- Design Philadelphia
- multiple Philadelphia Free Libraries around the city
Design thinking methodology is used to solve complex problems using systemic reasoning and intuition to design future states or products.
Students utilized the design-thinking & fabrication process to understand their fundamental question and then translate that into a tangible exhibition.
- Community sampling
STUDENTS INTERNALIZE DESIGN THINKING PROCESS INTO THEIR LEARNING PRACTICE.
Course is organized by an instructor, but the process and ultimate exhibit is 100% graduate & high school student created. They are equals in the class.
- High schoolers take lead in community engagement.
- Equal partners in defining direction and completing deliverables.
- Must articulate, discuss & defend designs
- Ownership = Invested students
OWNERSHIP = INVESTED STUDENTS
Working collaboratively is required in every class. Critiques are frequent, problem solving and creation/recreation constant.
we have witnessed the transition from individual to team member with ownership in every student.
Creating a learning situation outside the traditional teacher/student relationship facilitates student empowerment & responsibility.
Graduate students provide minimal structure to provide safety,. By the second semester the creation and process were taken on evenly.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARTICULATE AND DEFEND DESIGNS.
Students are asked to share their personal views on the central community issue/question at the very beginning of the course.
By the end of the course each student's view had widened exponential.
STUDENT'S WORLD LENS WIDENS EXPONENTIALLY.