Design Lab teaches design thinking skills to K-6 teachers and students

The College of Design's Design Lab (DLab) workshop this week helps K-6 teachers and their students build critical design thinking skills. DLab takes place Tuesday through Friday, June 15-18, 2010, at Highlands Elementary School, 5505 Doncaster Way, Edina.

Participants receive hands-on instruction from John Comazzi (Architecture), Kristin Murray (MArch graduate student), Amy Krautbauer (MLA, 2009), Adam Jarvi (MArch, 2009), Scott Christensen (product designer, participated in Design Camp 2008 and DLab 2009), and Wendy Friedmeyer, former Design Institute education coordinator. Kristine Miller (Landscape Architecture) will participate in the July session. Over the course of the workshop, the young students will design a series of gathering spaces that incorporate wind, water, light, and sound using sustainable materials including straw bales and willow reeds. Teacher attendees will learn ways to incorporate the design process into their curriculum.

"In preparing our students to successfully operate within an increasingly complex and interconnected world, it is imperative that we prepare them with the necessary skills to innovate and solve problems," says Comazzi. "The interdisciplinary nature of design education gives students a range of competencies to activate and integrate their knowledge of core subjects like geography and algebra, or language arts and history, to solve a myriad of challenges presented to them."

A second DLab workshop takes place July 6-9, 2010 at the Baker Community Center, 209 West Page Street, Saint Paul.

The project is funded by support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Design Institute of the College of Design.