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Sixth Grade Design Challenge

3/22/2017
For the past three months, the sixth grade class has undertaken an ambitious design challenge to create modular, multi-use furniture that will be installed next to the lockers...

For the past three months, the sixth grade class has undertaken an ambitious design challenge to create modular, multi-use furniture that will be installed next to the lockers on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Middle School building. Our budding engineer-designers have made significant progress and are closing in on their final designs, which will be presented to the St. Paul’s community, including Mr. Stern, starting at the end of April.

Using the Design Thinking process developed at Stanford’s Institute of Design, students were led through a series of steps designed to foster empathy, creativity, critical thinking, resiliency and prototyping/testing.If you would like to better understand the Design Thinking process and what the sixth graders have participated in, please click HERE for more information. The five steps in order are:
  1. Empathize
  2. Define
  3. Ideate
  4. Prototype
  5. Test

Mr. Kasling, the Sixth Grade & Middle School Librarian & Tech/Maker Teacher, and Mr. Faulkner, sixth grade math teacher led the students through this collaborative effort, utilizing technology, the makerspace, and math concepts and skills for an authentic, project-based learning experience with real-world application. Currently, students are presenting their individual prototypes to their small groups of four to five students. Then, each small group will choose a final design and build a full-size prototype out of cardboard and other materials. When they are finished with their prototypes, they will present them to the School.

Everyone is very excited about this project and the teachers are extremely proud of the students. We hope to invite all members of the community to a prototype gallery walk-through to celebrate the 50-plus prototypes developed for this design challenge.