Design Thinking in the classroom actually came to me later than the Engineering Design Process. I must say, I like it a lot! It’s like the cool older brother of the design processes. It doesn’t matter which one of these you use in the classroom when it comes to creating and designing with students. It does matter how you… SET IT UP as a routine for elementary students. Welcome to the Set It Up Series… Episode 3!
When it comes to Design Thinking in the classroom, you know, ideas lead to other ideas. We may have to go back to defining the problem. We may even have to go back to ideation from testing. It’s all okay! There is so much flexibility within the design process. Life lessons here will come ten-fold. Every idea counts. Get weird. We can thank the peeps over at IDEO who started this whole thing for us!
One of my favorite resources and avenues for creation is Maker’s Empire. Students can use this application to create 3D print designs. You don’t have to do that if you aren’t ready, but go grab some of there handy Design Thinking resources and guides! You will love them! Using this STEAM guide you can start to see how all the design processes can work in a STEAM cultured classroom! Grab it and get started! Come on over to the STEM/STEAM University Facebook group and get even more support and a community to support you!
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