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Junior Design Thinking

Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving. It focuses on human need and encourages people to focus on the need they are creating for, which leads to better products, services and processes.  The process is a combination of creative insights and innovative solutions.

Design thinking process relies on many critical success factors including:

  • Understanding the need from observations and interviews

  • Empathy

  • Encouraging ideation process

  • Effective Prototyping process

  • Value feedback

  • Embrace the failure

  • Storytelling skills

Bringing the concepts to teaching students 21st century life skills, it is a great process for students to start from exploring a need and understanding an issue by feeling the pain.  Moving to the ideation process, the students will learn different ways of brainstorming which is more effective than imagining from nowhere, express their ideas under a comfortable environment and respect others' ideas.  They will then learn how to converge and diverge various ideas and arrive on the feasible ideas.  They will build models to practically try out their solutions.  More importantly, they will need to gather feedback and learn to value people's comments.  They will also learn the storytelling skills when presenting their creation to audience.  Last but not least, they will learn to understand the earlier they fail, the sooner they will succeed.

The sooner the children grasp the skills and attitude required for a successful design thinking process, the sooner they become team players at school, in the families and in the communities.  The process develops children with proactive mindset, clear goal setting, time management skills, win-win attitude, balance of consideration and courage, empathetic listening and collaboration skills.

Our workshops are 5 x 1.5 hours per week.  Please contact us for more details.

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