Eighth graders had the opportunity to participate in an exciting workshop in design thinking—an innovative, prototype-driven approach to defining and solving complex problems—on Wednesday. The workshop was intended to get our students thinking about the upcoming graduation ceremony and possible ideas for redesigning the experience. During the process, each advisory team worked to understand the experience for a particular user group—students, faculty, staff, and parents—by brainstorming interview questions for each of the user groups. The human-centered interview helps develop an empathetic understanding of the users’ needs. They then took those questions and conducted interviews with everyone from kindergarten through sixth grade students, to parents, to teachers and staff members. Once the interviews were finished, the class gathered together to discuss their findings and to craft the articulated point of view of a representative user. With these perspectives, the students will then work with the various design constraints and begin to envision ways to redesign the graduation experience.
“The educational goals are about them learning the design thinking process, and their understanding of the complex balance between the multiple experiences of those in attendance,” says Head of Middle School Dr. David Abusch-Magder. MORE PHOTOS