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First Grade Community Project: An Opportunity for Design Thinking

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Emily Mitchell

on 22 June 2016

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Transcript of First Grade Community Project: An Opportunity for Design Thinking

An Opportunity for Design Thinking
First Grade Community Project
The Community Project: A Nueva Tradition

First graders learn about the larger community and adopt a community subject to study in depth.

They ask:

How does my subject fit into the larger Nueva community? How does their job affect me in first grade?
Use our study of Frank Lloyd Wright to create and design a dream house for our subjects
Create a dream workspace

We decided to redesign our subject's current workspace
The Bridge to Design Thinking
How can we incorporate empathy-building and service-learning into our subject study?
We observed our community subjects in their workspace unobtrusively.

We noticed their space and how it worked for them.

We took notes and pictures from all angles.

We generated a questionnaire asking our subjects to tell us stories about their space as well as the things that worked and didn't work.

Step 1: Research "Deep Dive"
Create a "
Needs Statement
," identifying the real
need of our user.

Read between the lines: take into account what lies beneath what they shared with us
* A challenging exercise for first graders...and adults, too!

With the "
Needs Statement
," flip it into a "
How Might We Statement
" to aid us in our next step.
Step 2: Focus
Step 3: Generate Ideas & Brainstorm
Brainstorm 10 ideas, including one wild one, for ways to achieve our users need.

Sketch and label one idea to present and share with our subjects at a Community Lunch, prepared by the students!

Steps 4 and 5:
Make Informed Decisions and Prototyping Cycle
After gathering feedback from our Community subjects, we committed to one idea and moved into the Prototyping Phase.

Low Resolution Prototype: What does that mean?

Create a prototype of our idea.

"Not a lot of sharpness"
"Opposition of high"
"Can't see what's really there"
What is gained from this process?
the beauty of observation
putting yourself in someone else's shoes
asking great questions
developing empathy
iterating and testing
testing some more
understanding the process is the best part!
A Place of Your Own...
Michael Pollan says, "Who has ever wondered how the walls around us take shape—and how we might shape them ourselves?"
Now, think about your own workspace.

How are the things you value and need made visible in your work space? If you could redesign your space, what are five things you might add or change?
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