During the design process students worked in the house teams, and were then further divided into smaller groups of varied grade levels. The students brainstormed as many different designs as possible at first, and then selected their top two designs using a selection criteria. These top two designs were further refined through a process of critique and improvement.
Then came the fun! Prototyping. Students had access to a range of recycled and new materials, to bring their designs to life. It was great to see students buzzing with excitement and completely engaged in their tasks. They were creative, animated and articulate when discussing their ideas, and how they were building them. Students were constantly faced with challenges along the way, as they tested, tweaked, problem solved and ultimately improved and refined their designs to a point they were happy with.
Finally, when students had completed their builds, they spent time developing a presentation to share their designs back to an audience of their peers and teachers. This was a great chance to hear students talk about the design thinking process they went through and how they overcame some of their design challenges. Also, the creativity and imagination articulated during these presentations was fantastic.