Design Thinking Projects and Challenges

Design Thinking Challenges

The Hamster Challenge – A hamster habitat design challenge for all kids

The Exploration and Identity Challenge- An adventurous exploration and identity curriculum for students. Do it over 2-3 days

The Girl Scouts Challenge – Solve 5 missions the girl scouts did at the Golden Gate Bridge to get your creative juices flowing.

The Compost Challenge – an afternoon to multiple day structure with instructional videos.

The Backpack Challenge with Videos! – an introduction to empathy and design thinking

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Materials List

Here are the raw list of materials from the Excel doc:

The idea is to use low-resolution nimble materials that can be manipulated quickly.

We use this with the Wallet, Gift Giving, Mechanic and other 1 hour design challenges.



zip ties



masking tape

duct tape (color would be ideal)

scotch tape

glue sticks

paper clips, (asst colors ideal)

decorative brads (square, crystal)


hole punch


stapler (with staples)

hot glue/glue guns


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Vicki Davis on Twitter: "Just got owl keychain from a precious student. I will look at it and remember the wisdom of loving kids & persisting"

Just got owl keychain from a precious student. I will look at it and remember the wisdom of loving kids persisting

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Albemarle County Schools’ Journey From a Makerspace to a Maker District | EdSurge News

Superintendent Pam Moran and the whole crew at Charlottesville’s Albemarle County Public School system have received their fair share of press (from to Edutopia) for bringing the Maker movement to Virginia schools. Back in 2013, for example, NBC highlighted the district’s library-turned-makerspace.

But Albemarle elementary teacher Andrew Craft is the first to admit that he doesn’t want Maker activities to be confined solely to one room. “Making shouldn’t be isolated. We want to get away from that idea. Makerspaces and classrooms are one and the same,” he says.

And he’s not the only one that feels that way. Moran

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Enabling The Future – A Global Network Of Passionate Volunteers Using 3D Printing To Give The World A "Helping Hand."

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Easy Cheese 3D Printer: Part III, The Leaning Tower of Cheeza

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BH is pleased to announce that we now sell a full line of 3D printers, from manufacturers such as Makerbot, Flashforge, and 3D Systems. In this video, we present a primer on 3D printing. For more, visit our website or see our extensive display of 3D printers in action in our New York City SuperStore.

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Jay Silver on Invention Literacy from El Pais

Jay: “The new revolution that’s right on the tip here is invention literacy. So what that means is not a literacy of communicating ideas with words or abstractions like mathematics. But a new kind of literacy. We’re going to create the future in our hands not by talking about ideas. So if invention literacy spreads the way traditional literacy has spread, let’s say we penetrate 95% invention literacy. That means everyone can understand the objects in the world and can create new ones. The world will be reinvented instantaneously. And invention literacy is the 21st century literacy. Even more than coding, even more than mathematics. The ability to recreate our existence.”
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