How design thinking can empower young people. (2013). In Edutopia. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/video/how-design-thinking-can-empower-young-people
SUMMARY: This video shows how a homeless shelter called People Serving People has educators who work with young teens in a meaningful way. They took the kids through a meaningful design thinking process of what room in the shelter they wanted to spruce up, or “put their mark on.” They decided on the lobby and brainstormed ideas about what they wanted to do, and came up with a map. They interviewed people about the places they wanted to go in the neighborhood or liked spending their time. They worked with a young professionals of a company that created/designed logos and visuals to create this map. They were engaged in the process of making this map utilizing a computer program. This design thinking process allowed them to experience how things come to fruition as steps, and they used the info they learned to make decisions in real life about places to go, or would like to live.
EVALUATION: This real life example of students experiencing inquiry and design demonstrates how meaningful and empowering this was. They were able to come up with questions, interview people in the community, make a collaborative decision, and have input on what the map would look like. They had a voice every step of the way and learned that their opinions, decisions, and actions matter; they had an effect on the community by creating something for the people in their neighborhood. This experience gave them a small taste of how they can actually be agents of change, and be active participants in learning.