Although we won't get much sleep on tonight's red eye to Europe, the schedule has afforded us the opportunity to spend some time formulating ideas for our project in NH so that we don't hit the ground in Malmo and Copenhagen unprepared. We took full advantage of our time on campus to learn important skills and to double check our packing list.
Conceptual project ideas for #BikeEngineering Digging deeper today before our flight. #nhsprojectweek pic.twitter.com/WtbSKMv4qp— Justin Joslin (@JCJoslin15) March 6, 2017
Most high school students would probably find it hard to focus on learning a new skill just prior to embarking on a 14 hour journey across the Atlantic, but this is exactly what our group was able to do. They enthusiastically participated in a series of challenges and exercises that introduced them to design thinking, a process developed by David Kelly and his staff at IDEO that has now been adapted and employed by students and professionals the world over. The group now understands the significant role that empathy plays in the design process and how important it is to generate as many ideas as possible before focusing on any one solution.
Cam's design for Chris' personal mode of transportation. Practicing #designthinking skills for #nhsprojectweek engineering a new bike. pic.twitter.com/2wvz79FxTw— Justin Joslin (@JCJoslin15) March 6, 2017
The students further demonstrated their commitment to this project by meeting with the faculty leaders one-on-one in the airport terminal to discuss how we can work together to make this trip a success, both for the individual and the group.