What is Design Thinking?
Design thinking is a series of steps you follow to devise a solution to an open-ended problem. The process creates an environment of growth and experimentation. Through seeking multiple solutions, planning, testing, evaluation, and redesign, more effective solutions result.
Design thinking is utilized in every Mind Missions lesson.
Identify: Identify the problem? What do you need to do to solve the problem?
Brainstorm: Imagine solutions. Choose the best idea.
Design: Make a plan. What steps will you take to create your solution?
Build: Follow your plan and create something.
Test and Evaluate: Test it out! What worked well? What need improvement?
Redesign: Modify your design. Test it again.
Share your solution!
Engineering the Design Process
Providing instruction on design thinking in elementary school helps students to develop important problem solving and analytical skills. More importantly, students learn the benefit of multiple iterations to reach successful solutions. They develop the skills to learn from their mistakes and reframe them as opportunities. Design thinking promotes a growth mindset and resilience in today’s students so that they can find solutions for the problems of tomorrow.
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