Our multi-session Design Thinking project with Fern Waters Public Charter reached the “Prototype” phase. We saw excellent sketches in 2D from each student on how they interpreted the solution they came up with. Such detail and precision helped us effortlessly move into 3D. Utilizing Switch’s mobile room setup, we could provide hands on building materials to begin to rapid prototype. Using LEGO building blocks in a 5 minute quick build to illustrate what we were after yielded better results & question asking in our school projects.
The library / coat room re-organization team opted for creating a cardboard model of the room using MakeDo construction screws to illustrate how new shelving could be positioned to create a more efficient use of space while not losing the functionality of the room. They learned how to create a model to scale so that their shelving and bean bag chairs reflect proper usage of space.
The outdoor space team created a mini prototype of a net barrier system to keep their soccer ball in play and avoiding the neighbors yard. They will investigate further mechanisms to make the system portable, ease of use, as well as affordable and aesthetically pleasing. Can’t wait for final prototypes to be built and tested before launching some crowdfunding campaigns to raise money for these projects! Great work 8th grade!