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Director at the Design Learning Network

Arts and Design connecting with STEM disciplines

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Below is an effort that John Maeda (http://www.risd.edu/About/President/John_Maeda/) initiated in an effort to incorporate Art and Design into STEM - STEAM...

H. Res. 319 is the "STEM to STEAM" proposal that seeks to add funding for Arts and Design to federal STEM funding. That's why I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives and President Barack Obama, which says: "H. Res. 319 is the "STEM to STEAM" proposal that seeks to add funding for Arts and Design to federal STEM funding. The Arts and Design are what tie together the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in K-12 schools. Help Art & Design educators gain access to much-needed grants, but also to recognize their importance in educating today's students for tomorrow's challenges!" Will you sign this petition? Click here: http://signon.org/sign/support-house-resolution?source=s.em.mt&r_by=1711086

Author of Inquire: A Guide to 21st Century Learning

Excellent Overview of Design Thinking

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Terrific article, Betty!

This process is quite familiar to innovative industries, and it should become familiar to students and teachers. Given that none of us can predict the future five years out (let alone ten), we all need to be watching for opportunities and converting them into actualities through design thinking.

At Thoughtful Learning, we use a very similar process--from opportunity to prototype to stakeholder feedback and refinement to presentation. In fact, we're just now going through that process with Inquire High School--and your article is part of the research going into it.

If you'd like to see what we've been doing with design thinking--which we call the Inquiry Process--you can click here: http://ow.ly/8joVC

Thanks, again, for such an inspiring article!

Rob King

HS Tech Ed

I find it interesting how

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I find it interesting how many different spins can be put on the same concept. What you call Design Thinking, NASA calls the Engineering Design Process. Since 2008, they've shown this process on their web site. I've been teaching 21 years and have taught this process from the beginning. I spent 20 years before that as an Engineer and used that process. The biggest problem in teaching this type of thinking is overcoming student brainwashing. They have never been allowed to think for themselves. They've become the best question answerers you can find. Unfortunately, they have never been allowed to ask the questions to move through a design process. When asked to actually think for themselves, they are scared. They ask, "What do you want?" or "Is this right?" before submitting. They are afraid they might not give me what I want. I want them to think for themselves, but that concept is foreign to them.

To eliminate the Sage on Stage, maybe we should do away with Education Colleges and train teachers in the Business schools to be Managers of Learning.

Director at the Design Learning Network

Design Learning Challenge 2012

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Dear Betty Ray,

Thank you so much for posting this! We are in the midst of rolling out a related effort using a design thinking and learning framework based on the work/research of Dr. Betty Garner (a former art educator). I am collaborating with a design society (IDSA) and an art educators society (NAEA), our goal - to create a direct link between college design students and art educators and their students. Below is a link to our project website and a brief description of this year's challenge.

All the best,
Doris

www.designlearning.us

The primary purpose of the Design Learning Challenge is to expose children to design thinking and create an active awareness of the discipline of industrial design as a career option before students leave high school.

Embracing a Learn.Think.Do approach, Design Learning Challenge 2012 will focus on three primary submission categories: a Design Day Event, a Targeted Design Project, and an Industrial Design Awareness Campaign. College design students all over the United States will be challenged to co-create innovative and participatory design learning experiences anchored in design thinking and learning skills with students in grades 6-12.

Physics & Engineering Professor, Tyler, TX

Rehash of Engineering Process, but worth reiterating

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This looks like a rehash of the decades old engineering design process applied to student groups. However this process has a history of success and, thus, it's worth reiterating to those not familiar with it.

BTW, for math & science problem solving consider the SOLVE method (from Algebra Fundamentals). It helps students organize math and applied math problems.

Engineering Design Process

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This sounds exactly like the engineering design process. This is a great way to incorporate engineering through a STEM approach. I know that PBS TeacherLine has a whole online PD course on this for teachers called "Inspire Elementary Students with Engineering": http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/courses/STEM420/

Professor of Special Education, Marist College

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People interested in this topic should take a look at the work of TED senior fellow Juliette LaMontagne, whose Breaker project is a very creative use of design thinking: http://vimeo.com/32967684

curriculum and projects learning centers

Awesome...

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Dear Betty Ray,

This Blog Post is inspirational, so I just checked out ISKME also...
See you more in 2012... and keep us posted... to be continued...

Happy Zappy New Year

Allen Berg
"Caretaker of Wonder"

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