Design Thinking

I had two good meetings today with faculty members “leading the way” in Design Thinking.

In one case, we have a 2D Laser cutter being used to bring MS Science students’ designs to life (boxes, tea lights, three dimensional folded objects).  Our next move is to improve their software (to Autocad, and perhaps Autocad Inventor) and to think about 3D printers.

In the next case, we have students doing architecture work, doing drawings and drafting by hand, using Sketch-Up, building models and designs.  In this class, for next year, the plan is to increase the hand drawings and possibly decrease the Sketch-Up, because the imagination of the students is beyond the limits of the software– and having as few of limits as possible is the goal.

In another case, we have digital electronics, with both real and digital electronics work taking place.  This is in addition to a First Robotics program (robot recently shipped off) and a First Lego League that went to Nationals this year.

The development of our 1200 sq. foot Design Center has played a role in each of these, and it’s a heavily scheduled space this year.  It’s also the home of the HS yearbook, so there’s always a lot going on there.  The crank-up multiple height tables (for both seated and standing work) are working out well, as are the 18 24 inch iMacs around the periphery of the room.  We just ordered an HP A3 color copier, scanner and printer for the Design Center.

Design thinking– moving forward.

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