The MYP Design Cycle forms the basis of all units and students are taught that through the use of the design cycle comes an understanding of ‘Design Thinking’. Students are provided support and structure throughout design units in order to develop their real life design skills and ability to transfer these to their world beyond school.
Beginning in Grade 6, Design units contain contrived situations called a ‘design challenge’ to allow for explicit teaching of skills, such as hand tools. As students move through the MYP these situations take on a more real world focus, and become known as ‘design problems’.
In a design problem, the teacher acts more as a facilitator for each student and is there to assist students in many different ways, depending on the type of project undertaken.