3D Printing

Welcome to 3D Printing at POLSER Elementary

Day 1 - Design Thinking

Design Thinking


  • Design thinking comes from Tim Brown (President and CEO) and David Kelley (who later founded the Stanford Design School), the founders of IDEO, "an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow."~ IDEO website, 2015. Their approach to design has sparked a movement in how innovation is fostered. 
  • Engineers often use Design thinking in conjunction with the Engineering process when they are designing new things. What is the difference?
  • One of the most important aspects of resilience involves developing a flexible way of thinking about challenge and adversity and being able to solve problems in an accurate way.  Design thinking is a type of innovation methodology – a problem-solving process to help you generate options, test strategies, and get feedback so that you can develop something (often applied to facilitate the creation of new products or processes). As I discovered, design thinking is also a great tool to help you get unstuck and problem solve life’s biggest challenges. Paula Davis-Laack ,
  • "The more you do, the more you fail. The more you fail, the more you learn. The more you learn, the better you get." John Maxwell

"Difficult situations breed astonishing results." Jeffrey Veen

Essential Question

It can sometimes feel overwhelming to be a kid when there are so many problems in the world. After all, kids can't really make a difference, right? Wrong! Kids are making a positive change in the world every day. Now you have the opportunity to make a change. Choose a problem you care about and create an original solution! Let’s get started and make a difference!

* Empathy is using your imagination to step into someone else’s shoes.

Goal - Empathize with another person to find out what is really needed to improve their current situation. Often it seems easier to think about what we need to improve our situation, but helping others and learning to understand their needs and struggles helps you:  

  • experience the world in higher resolution as you perceive through not only your perspective but the perspectives of those around you.
  • better understand the needs of your customers at work so you can better serve them.
  •  more accurately predict the actions and reactions of people you interact with if you are able to put yourself in their shoes.
  • treat the people you care about the way they wish you would treat them, thus you lead a better life at work and at home.

A Thinglink that breaks the process down into student-friendly language: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/1045513908976091137

(Visual resource from https://www.theartofed.com/2016/04/20/teaching-skills-21st-century-creativity/