The Design and Innovation Program at Sea Crest is building up steam! There are students coming in all day to create a huge range of projects. While they are having a blast creating, it’s important to point out how the program impacts children in the long run.
Many of the jobs that exist today did not exist twenty, ten or even five years ago. If current trends continue, it’s likely that many of our children will go into careers that don’t yet exist and demand a great deal of adaptability.
We can prepare them for this shifting landscape with two essential problem-solving skills: empathy and grit.
These two skills are the backbone of our innovation program and design thinking. Each of the students’ projects begin with a challenge that needs solving. Next, they go through the design process, which consists of four steps: find it (research), sketch it (brainstorming), build it (prototyping), and share it (gathering feedback).
As students go through these steps, they learn to see things from another person’s perspective and to adapt ideas to fix complex problems. Below are some examples of the challenges they are solving:
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
How might we use simple machines? [Experiment with simple machine combinations to solve problems]
2nd & 3rd Grade
How might we keep better track of our things in class? [Create custom logo stickers for your things]
4th & 5th Grade
How can we address small inconveniences around the school? [Add plants to the garden area, reduce noise in the locker area, and more]
How might we help teachers have more functional classrooms? [Build storage, adjust lighting, add plants, etc.]
How might we give the kindergartners more choice time options? [Build and donate a variety of toys]