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Design Thinking for Elementary Students

This lesson introduces students to the Design Thinking process, a process used by engineers and designers to help them problem solve. It focuses on empathy and has students think about what someone might need and why they might need it.

This would be a great lesson to schedule before our Engineering Design Process and Reverse Engineering lessons.
(Most appropriate for grade levels K-3.)

Lesson Time: 40-50 minutes

Student Activity 1: Students will be given a prompt/challenge card stating what a customer is looking for. They will think about who that end-user is and what that customer needs. Together they will brainstorm how to solve that problem, and then build a prototype to share with the class.

Group work: Please decide if you would rather have your students work on their own or in small groups of 2 or 3. In order to save time, teachers are asked to create the groups before our Wizard arrives.

3.Please see the Nature of Science document on our WOW! in the Classroom page, under the Lesson Standards tab.