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WHAT IS DAY OF DESIGN?

Day of Design is the first national
movement created to teach kids how to use Design Thinking to solve STEM-oriented problems that face the new wave of 21st Century manufacturers.
STEMconnector’s Day of Design team is assembling industry and education leaders from around the country to create “challenges” that will inspire teachers and their students to apply teamwork and Design Thinking to create compelling and unique solutions. Teams will then create videos of their approach and their solution, which will earn them great prizes and become contributors to the greatest online repository of “Design Thinking-inspired” solutions in the world!

WHAT IS DESIGN THINKING?

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Step 1: Empathize

Work to fully understand the experience of the user for whom you are designing. Do this through observation, interaction, and immersing yourself in their experience

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Step 2: Define

Process and synthesize the findings from your empathy work in order to form a user point of view that you will address with your design

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Step 3: Ideate

Explore a wide variety of possible solutions by generating a large quantity of diverse ideas options, allowing you to step beyond the obvious and explore a range of ideas.

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Step 4: Prototype

Transform your ideas into a physical form so that you can experience and interact with them and, in the process, learn and develop more empathy.

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Step 5: Test

Try out high-resolution products and use observations and feedback to refine prototypes. Learn more about the user, and refine your original point of view.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

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STEP 1

Learn about Design 3 Thinking and enhance your problem solving skills through participating in Day of Design challenges.

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STEP 3

Film the challenge to capture your thought process as you collaborate, build, test, and solve real world problems together.

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STEP 5

Join us in October for the awards ceremony and the report to the nation for the commencement of the first annual Day of Design.

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STEP 2

Students will build a prototype that presents a possible solution to a problem discovered within the Day of Design challenge.

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STEP 4

Students and teachers can then upload their challenge videos to the Day of Design website to claim a badge of accreditation.