The Design Thinking process is a formalization of the problem solving strategies and
processes that have been a part of the IDS fabric across the curriculum throughout
the years. Across the grades a student identifies or is presented with a
problem/project to investigate. After identifying the challenge and the desired
outcome, as understood at that point, an initial plan is put in place. The path of
discovery to reach that outcome is flexible. Students become accustomed with the
process of creating potentially multiple iterations, with refinements along the way.
A goal, in addition to the identified end point, is for a comfort level to be gained with
the design process, keeping an open mind, and the benefits of collaboration.
In Middle School the Design Thinking experience continues in each classroom, but
also becomes more intentional via each grade having two classes/week in the
MakerLab space. As part of the DAS (Digital Arts Science) class, two trimesters/year
are for digital arts classes and one/year for Design Thinking. In the Maker Lab, students work with their classmates and teacher on both defined projects and
individual creations. Gaining comfort with a variety of hand tools and found
materials, amazing creations and learning happens.
The Design Thinking process and use of the Maker Lab space also presents many
cross-graded and cross-division learning opportunities.