This week, selected girls from Prep to Year 6 participated in IdeasPLUS@Glennie Design Thinking Excellence Workshops with Mrs Roper and Mr Ted Carter, from Edwooducation. The girls enjoyed working on a range of challenging tasks using Glennie’s bespoke ‘Design Thinking @ Glennie’ approach. Students collaboratively sought to solve ‘real world’ problems and worked through the design thinking processes of empathising, designing, ideating, iterating and reflecting. IdeasPLUS@Glennie Excellence workshops are designed to provide an additional experience to some girls who are achieving to a very high standard in different areas of the curriculum.
Here are some comments from the girls in Years 5 and 6 about their learning experiences.
Design thinking is a process where you empathise with a person, then define the problem, ideate and think about ideas for the solution of your problem, iterate and go through the process of testing and refining and communicate with your team to discuss ideas.
I have learnt that engineers do not just finish the project and the mission in one go. They test and refine. Sometimes the end result does not work, but then you look over what went wrong and try different possibilities. I enjoyed challenging myself with the instructions my teachers gave me. They gave me suggestions but challenged me at the same time.
Design thinking is using a process to create something to solve a problem.
A person who would most likely choose to be an engineer would be someone who loves trying to solve problems and enjoys toying with electronics.
I learned that engineers do not just design and build electronics, they are involved in designing and building almost everything.
Mrs Jane Roper
Deputy Head of Junior Years - Teaching and Learning
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