Eighth through twelfth grade students collaborate, prototype and present in four new Design Thinking Labs throughout the district. Students develop the ability to investigate a problem, apply relevant knowledge, and take responsibility for their learning by utilizing critical thinking and solving problems as an application of design thinking. The flexible spaces are created to put students at ease, foster collaboration, and engage and support 21st Century learners.
Key features include:
- Four 2,000 square foot innovative design-school laboratory spaces, found in three of the middle schools and the high school.
- D-school elective and club opportunities to delve deeper into design thinking practices.
- Light 6-gallon buckets were designed for students to sit on, and can be easily arranged around the classroom. Students have their own buckets, which store books and supplies inside, and can keep them after graduation for memories of projects.
- “Short boards,’ light, movable dry erase boards on which students document ideas and can be moved between class sessions and easily hung on racks.
- Storage space for boards and supplies located behind presentation area.
- Presentation boards, which can hang the short boards and various tools.
- 3D printers and laser cutters to bring students’ ideas to life.