Since January, students in 5th grade have participated in a Design Thinking Course called Invention Convention. The 10 week course exposed students to the concepts of Design Thinking, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship. The course is based off of the Stanford D program (https://dschool.stanford.edu/programs/) and the Design Thinking for Leading and Learning program created by Justin Reich, the executive director of the Teaching Systems Lab at MIT.
Throughout the course, students were introduced to the Design Thinking process by identifying a problem and going through the engineering process; imagine, ask, plan, create and improve. Students brainstormed their ideas and created mindmaps to demonstrate their thinking process. Next, they developed research questions for peer feedback. They then designed prototypes of their products in Tinkercad software and printed their designs on the 3D printers. Finally, students put their entrepreneurship skills into action and designed a company name, logo, and business plan for class presentation. Some of their products included adjustable sneakers, instafood and a magnetic pen.