BACKPACK TAG DESIGN CHALLENGE: A GRADE 3 RIFF OFF THE d.school's "WALLET CHALLENGE"
WHAT IT IS? WHY DID WE DO IT?
WHAT is it? WHY did we do it?
Most third grade students don’t have a wallet so we shifted the focus of this activity, (a Stanford d.school classic intro design project), onto something that all third grade students do have: a backpack! We were interested in starting the year with a quick design project that would teach the steps involved in design thinking and ratchet up fun and engagement for our students. We also are quite aware that grade three is a time of developmental transition from a family/self-defined to a peer/socially- defined landscape. We wanted to insert an empathy chip into our lead off activity by having the students design for each other.
We built off some fundamental design thinking structures learned at the Nueva School's Design Thinking Workshop.
Our Needs statement was:
Grade 3 students NEED a backpack ID tag so if they lose their backpacks, they can find them again.
How did we do it? These were the basic steps we took:
· Interview partner
· Sketch possible ideas based on partner interview
· Pitch and explain to partners
· Gather feedback
· Sketch new ideas or evolve idea based on feedback
· Build prototype
· Share and celebrate