Is Design Thinking Necessary For Kids?

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World’s popular companies like IBM, Apple, Google, and Samsung are known for their innovative products & services. Do you know – what is the key to their success? Well, the answer is they use design thinking process to drive innovation and creativity!

According to IDEO, the global design company, ‘Everyone is creative—and that creativity can be learned and practiced; it unleashes an individual’s potential to become a dynamic problem solver.

With the aim to enhance creativity, the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recommends that kids should be encouraged to practise ‘design thinking’ in which they can make their own design decisions and come up with solutions to real world problems like water scarcity, poverty, climate change, depletion of marine life – to name a few.

Design Thinking is a human-centric process for creative problem-solving. It consists of five stages.

Here’s how kids work on a design thinking project where they are asked to design a product that solves a given problem:

Stage 1: Empathize

Kids research and gather data to gain a deeper personal understanding of the problem and the needs of the users for whom they are designing the product.

Stage 2: Define

Based on their research and understanding, they identify and define the needs of the users and the core problems that need to be solved.

Stage 3: Ideate

Without judging or evaluating their ideas, they generate lots of ideas to address the problem.

Stage 4: Prototype

Keeping in mind the needs of the users, they design and create a model that will solve their problems.

Stage 5: Test

They present their solution/model to the users, receive feedback and rework to refine their solution.

Design Thinking inspires your child to think out-of-the box, promotes their creative confidence and connects academic learning with real world problems. While they work on design thinking projects, they may end up making several revisions of a solution for a single problem which will make them resilient and help them overcome the fear of failure.

MindBox Direct2Home Learning Platform offers an Instructor-led 1:1, live online interactive classes by expert facilitators. It is a subsidiary of MindBox, the brainchild of Mr. Rishi Khemka (Founder and CEO), with a legacy of empowering more than 1,00,000 school students across India with design thinking, creativity, and coding skills. Courses include App Design with Coding, Game Design with Coding, 3D Design with Animation, Graphic Design, Web Design with Coding and Coding.

It’s Project | Design based Teaching Methodology, STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, Math) & Skill Development Framework, Context Based & Gamified Approach provides a Fun-Learning Experience for kids from the comfort of their home. With a research-based curriculum, the courses develop design thinking in kids that inspires them to create prototypes, apps, games, websites, and more.

What are the activities you do to inculcate design thinking in your kids?

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