The grade 5 students were given the task of designing a home or habitat for bugs, insects or other living things that inhabit their home or garden. They were required to create a Prototype of a habitat that would be offered as a safe place to stay for the hidden and diverse life aroundthe home.
To ensure students were creating useful innovations, they needed to follow the stages of the Design Thinking Process. The process helped them bring clarity and focus to the design stages. The idea was to problem solving so that their creations were in line with appropriateness and suitability for their audience (bugs around the home) . This involved……
Empathize: They needed to decide on an audience for the 3D object. That included the chosing the kind of bugs or creatures around the home or garden they would design for. e.g. ladybug, spider, beetle, cricket, moth etc.
Define: They needed to outline what the needs of this intended audience would include. They considered what their natural habitat is like. What do they enjoy? What would attract them to the habitat? What characteristics need to be catered for? What problem might there be designing for this audience?
Ideate: In this stage they generated ideas for their objects. Here they needed to be creative and generate solution concepts to cater for their audience. Students needed to push for the widest possible range of ideas to select from, not just find a single best idea, to find the best desing for their bug around the home.
Protype: Here the students began building using the online 3D design program ‘Google Sketch Up’. They decided on which idea they would investigate. They used the tools in the program to start shaping their model of this idea.
Test: This involved students in the class giving each other feedback and choosing from the most suitable designs for 3D printing. Which designs were usable, authentic and had purpose?
Plus – something positive about your final 3D habitat creation or the making of it.
Minus- something you think didn’t work well.
Improvement – something you would improve either in the process of making your 3D Habitat, or the final product.