Summer 2015 | Instructor + Planner
North Carolina State University, Design Lab for K-12 Education
Design camp focused on introducing middle-school age students to design thinking by addressing a pressing problem of North Carolina (food deserts) through a series of hands-on design challenges that explore a range of design disciplines. In my role as a design instructor, I planned—with another teacher—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).
Conduct a literature review to better understand the topic of food deserts.
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 64 middle-school age students in two sequential iterations. This involved the following actions:
Facilitate the projects following a studio-based pedagogy.
Provide guidance and feedback to students’ projects.
Conduct daily assessments to identify strengths and aspects to improve.