How can we reduce our negative impact on the environment? What methods help us sustain and even improve the environment? What factors harm our environment and what can we do about them?  Join our special guest, Jason Pittman from RAFT, and our host, William Franzell from the STEAM Team, as they use the design process to examine human environmental impacts, assess the kinds of solutions that are feasible, and design and evaluate solutions that could reduce that impact. This video gives students insights into how they can make positive environmental improvements for our future.  

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Monterey County Office of Education

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Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Using Design Thinking to Reduce Our Impact on the Environment

Using Design Thinking to Reduce Our Impact on the Environment

Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

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What is design thinking?

Many of RAFT’s Maker-Space lessons are built using Stanford’s Design Thinking process. Design Thinking is a methodology used to solve real world problems. This process helps students to deeply understand a problem, learn and explore the concepts needed in finding solutions, and iterate on a solution while achieving proficiency with performance expectations.

ALL of our STEAM lessons are built directly from NGSS performance expectations and Common Core MATH standards. The design thinking process is useful in deconstructing each concept used in a performance expectation and giving students ample practice before applying their understanding to an end-of-unit challenge that mirrors the performance expectation.