At Glasshouse Christian College, we believe in transforming education into a journey of discovery and innovation. This belief came to life spectacularly during this week’s Design Thinking workshop, facilitated by Inspired Education, for our DeLorean Project students.
Our young innovators embarked on a mission to intertwine learning with real-world challenges, using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as their compass. Focusing on SDGs 3 (Good Health & Wellbeing), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), and 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), the students had the opportunity to explore these themes, unearth challenges within our school community and craft innovative solutions.
The workshop wasn’t just about identifying problems; it was about understanding the Design Thinking approach to problem-solving, and the human-centred nature of this mindset. It was a vibrant brainstorming arena where ideas took shape and tangible solutions were born. The day buzzed with the energy of our students shaping smart waste collection systems that incentivize recycling through tuckshop points, devising gamified platforms to make food waste collection an engaging community task, and engineering smart water dispensers to minimise water wastage.
But it’s not just the innovative lo-fi prototypes that marked the success of this workshop. It was the shift in our students’ approach to problem-solving – the eagerness to dig beneath the surface, the collaborative spirit, and the creative pursuit of solutions that ultimately make it better for other humans to live and interact with the world around them.
The day ended with each group presenting their prototypes and solutions in a pitch-style format, which seriously tested the abilities of our young people. Communication is the biggest skills gap in the workforce by far, and the ability to stand in front of an audience and present a new idea in an engaging and concise manner in 1 minute or less is no small feat. Yet, our students rose to the challenge and although they still have a lot to learn about the art of communication, the important thing was that they stepped up to the proverbial plate and took a swing!
As we reflect on the day’s triumphs, we’re not just excited about the ideas, and prototypes that emerged. We’re inspired by the journey our students are on – a journey of harnessing their creativity to foster a sustainable and inclusive future. Remember that our measure of success in this program is that students have had the opportunity to explicitly develop their communication, collaboration, and creative thinking skills, and this was definitely the outcome of this event. The DeLorean Project continues to be more than an educational initiative; it’s a launchpad for the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow.
Stay tuned as we continue to nurture these seeds of innovation and watch them grow into impactful projects that embody the essence of the DeLorean spirit – a spirit of bold creativity and relentless pursuit of personal growth.
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Rob Steffler, DeLorean Project Coordinator