Summer 2017 | Instructor + Planner
North Carolina State University, Design Lab for K-12 Education
Design camp focused on exploring issues related to wildlife preservation and on proposing solutions to these issues from a design approach. By addressing this challenge, middle-school age students were introduced to principles, practices, and methods of design thinking and human-centered design. In my role as a design instructor, I planned a weeklong design studio for children, which involved the following actions:
Adapt human-centered design methods used in the industry for the use of middle-school students (e.g. personas, observation, interviews, self-documentation).
Plan three projects to introduce fundamental concepts of Architecture, Product Design, and Graphic Design to the students.
This lesson plan was implemented as a design studio that involved 40 middle-school age students in two groups. This involved the following actions:
Facilitate the projects following a studio-based pedagogy.
Provide guidance and feedback to students’ projects.
Guide students while testing their design solutions in real contexts.
Conduct daily assessments to identify strengths and aspects to improve.