Day four, was our last day for designing and preparing our projects for the Exhibition on Friday night! Students worked on their final touches for their designs, which also included the creation and explanation of what they did for the whole week!
This process started with their Empathy stage. In their empathy stage students brainstormed problems to solve for different types of characters. Next was the define stage, where students continued to analyze the problems associated with their characters and potential solutions for their problems.
Our third stage Ideate. This is normally where in the design process we would brainstorm ideas for solutions, however our Cities students were so excited and enjoyed their round-table discussions that the solutions to the issues flowed right with the problems themselves. As an adult, I give tons of credit to these students and their creative imaginations. Some of these solutions and designs you all will get to see tomorrow are truly mind-blowing.
The fourth stages of the design process is the prototyping stage. This I believe is the best and most fun stage of our two weeks! We did challenge our students too all include a “simple machine” from last week’s guest speaker Ms. Evans! We really wanted the student to focus on one specific problem, BUT what we did not plan or anticipate for was the drive to provide from the students. Translation…student solved more than just one problem for their designs while still incorporating one “simple machine”, making it all fun, and electrifying.
Our last stage, the one we worked on completing for today was that of testing/feedback. The two cities groups met up with the two energy groups and worked on presentations with feedback. This proved to be very helpful for all four of the groups, providing each with ideas, questions and suggestions for further improvements in their future designs.
Remember Friday’s Exhibit doors open at 5:55 P.M. at Skyline High School and will run no later than 7:00P.M. These design projects are seriously phenomenal and I can not wait for you all to see them tomorrow.