“It’s no longer enough simply to outperform the competition; to thrive in a world of ceaseless and rapid change, business people have to out-imagine the competition as well. They must begin to think-to become-more like designers.” by Roger Martin
Design challenges uses the design thinking process to find a solution to a challenge. Design thinking takes on a problem solving mindset. Design challenges create real world opportunities for students be innovative and creative while using their higher order thinking and 21st century learning skills. Design thinking and challenges provides a student centric learning experience to happen in the classroom. Below is the design process that Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (all rights reserved) uses:
Design Challenge Ideas for the Classroom:
- How might we create ways for younger students to better understand how important digital citizenship is?
- Create an app that would help you solve a problem you encounter daily?
- Knex: Design Challenge
- Design a clothing product that allows for heating and cooling of materials for different sports. (Example of standards based Design Challenge – Science: 5.P.3)
Other resources on Design Thinking and Challenges:
Design Squad – PBS (Great for 3-8th graders)
Real World Design Challenges (HS Level)
Great article by Forbes: Design Thinking: A Unified Framework for Innovation
I would love to hear design thinking and challenges ideas from your classrooms.