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Design Thinking at Evansville Day School

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”  Henry Ford 

The quote above captures the essence of Design Thinking at Evansville Day School.  Design Thinking (DT) is a class unique to our Day School 8th graders.  The students, under the direction of teacher Diana Meddles, have adopted the DEEP (Discover, Empathize, Experiment, and Produce) model of Design Thinking which focuses an individual on pushing themselves beyond traditional problem solving.  Design Thinking introduces students to a different approach to independent brainstorming.  A variety of mindsets are utilized, and encouraged, as teams
  • DISCOVER - start with questions
  • EMPATHIZE -  research, interview, and explore possibilities
  • EXPERIMENT -  experiment with possible options and prototypes
  • PRODUCE - move through iterations, and produce a final outcome/product. 
Design Thinking highlights innovation, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and resilience, all tenets of the Day School Portrait of a Graduate attributes.  
 
After working all year, eighth grade Design Thinking students are testing out their skills with a Design Challenge.  This enables students to apply their DT abilities to a more personal challenge.  Parameters for the final Design Challenge are set together as a class.  This year's DT class has many dedicated designers and a few are sure to continue their iterations even beyond their “final” presentations.
 
Below are some additional resources regarding Design Thinking.
 

Blog courtesy of Diana Meddles, Design Thinking Instructor at Evansville Day School