1. How might the hallway be transformed into a learning space?
2. How might we address the noise issues in the school dining hall?
3. How might we improve the carpool experience for students, teachers and families?
The team has been quite resourceful and deliberate about using design thinking to address each of these challenges. The hallway as a learning space, has been a successful design thinking challenge, leading to a new space for teachers and students to use on the grade 3-5 corridor. The team reported that the space has been welcomed and embraced by teachers and students. With comfortable furniture, Ideal Paint walls, and caddies with materials, teachers bring their students to the space for brainstorming sessions, as an alternative learning space, and as a space for small groups to work. In addition, some administrators and teacher teams use the space for meetings that need creative spaces for brainstorming.
The team also shared their data and prototype for addressing the noisy environment in the dining hall. While their prototype successfully addressed one aspect of the problem, the design thinking process led them to understand all the variables feeding into the problem. Due to some structural issues underlying this challenge, the team decided to move on to a new challenge.
Finally, the team went to the carpool experience at Trinity School and gained some empathy with various users. They discovered that the experience is challenging for teachers, parents, and to some extent students. With this challenge, they have just started to understand the problem. Using design thinking, they have defined the problem, prototyped some ideas, and tested them. The first lap of design thinking has generated some interest in continuing the work on improving the carpool experience.
The Trinity design team is functioning at a high level and experiencing success with design thinking. Contact Marsha Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jill Gough at email@example.com for more information about their team's work and experience.