Our Design Thinking class at Churchill High School includes 27 students between the ages of 14 and 18. We used the Design Thinking stages of empathy, define, ideate, prototype and test to come up with our parachute design. We started by thinking about we love about the Earth and what is at risk. We ranked the things we felt were most important. From there, we came up with an insight. Even though we all need clean air, water, and soil to live our lives, it is the way we live our lives that threatens these very things. We put a image that represents mass consumption at the core of the parachute. Surrounding that, we put a layer of threats to our water, air and soil. Outside of that we created a layer of things we do to make a difference and clean things up. At the very outside perimeter, we painted depictions of the beauty of the Earth. Our mini message is “Positive Change.” It was a very collaborative effort and we all had fun doing it.
-Marty Wilder, Engineering and Information Technology CTE
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