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Design Thinking Project for Grades 4-8 (In Person)

January 12, 2022 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

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An event every week that begins at 4:15 pm on Wednesday, happening 4 times

Location: MakerLab

Join us as we explore and facilitate our own design thinking initiatives. Classes will be led by Praja Tickoo, a NCHS student who has helped run a design thinking program through the Middle and High School. Design thinking is a human-centric design framework for problem-solving and empowers students to break down their assumptions of society; develop their skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity; and work to have an impact on the world. This class will strive to use design thinking with the new library in mind to create a project that centers the new building. This program is for children in grades 4-8.

THIS PROGRAM AND ITS WAITLIST ARE FULL. Thank you for your interest in the program. (This program will run a total of 10 weeks; you are committing to come to the first 4 sessions and will be asked to recommit for the following 6 weeks.)

Praja Tickoo, a 16-year-old student, has spent the last four years learning design thinking. In the summer of 2019, as part of a design thinking program, he participated in a collaborative effort to design a better ankle brace for a multiple sclerosis patient. This experience revealed to him the power that young people have to reshape their world, while reinforcing his conviction that problems can only be solved by questioning assumptions and involving those directly affected.

Praja has taken multiple courses in design thinking associated with institutions such as IDEO, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University. Additionally, he is the founder of Impact The Future, an organization aimed at teaching the process of design thinking to middle and high school students.

Praja has been featured in news articles and podcasts about his thoughts on the education revolution and design thinking. He has been invited to speak at conferences and schools internationally. Most recently, Praja was invited by an NGO to speak about design thinking with a school system in Romania.


January 12, 2022
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
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