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Creating Prototypes and Using Design Thinking

This collection introduces students to the process of prototyping and design thinking. These topics are important because often students design a product but have no idea how to actually create a prototype to test and refine. I have made sure to include resources from a variety of areas, including physical products, example projects, and design thinking in general.
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Creating Prototypes and Using Design Thinking
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This is an excellent video diving deep into creating a product prototype. This is part of a larger series that applies to all parts of creating a physical product. I use this video for students creating both physical products and services because it shows how you think through what they need to do to create a service as well.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This is an amazing video describing the process a designer took to design a smart watch. I use this video because it clearly states upfront what his goals were, how he tried several approaches, and what he did to test his ideas. Whether students are creating a product or a service, this video is helpful for them to see how ideas come to life.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    The engineering design process is the process anyone who creates a physical product will use to create their first version of their design. This page provides example projects they can complete in addition to giving all the information needed to design their own ideas.
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    Design Thinking: Lessons for the Classroom

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    Teresa Potter says:
    While there are many different ways you could go about creating a new product, I typically use this 6 step process with my students. It is framed from the perspective of a lesson plan and advice from the teacher who designed the unit.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This simple lesson plan on design thinking takes students through an activity to build a better candy bag. Activities like this can help younger students who aren't as independent yet at completing projects, or the subject matter could easily be swapped out for a product that appeals more to older students.
  • Creating a Prototype

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    artbookscreativity.org
    artbookscreativity.org
    Teresa Potter says:
    I love this lesson because it shows how art is a form of design and creation that goes through a similar process as other types of projects and products.
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