What is design thinking?

Design thinking is an iterative problem solving approach that enables people to think critically and creatively, to collaborate and innovate with others, and to address real-world challenges that are relevant to our everyday lives. At St. Edmund’s Academy, our students apply the process of design thinking in core academic classes and auxiliary programs. We believe that failure and recovery are essential to the learning process, helping to foster character development and the acquisition of skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

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  • Future City

    Students in Grades 5-8 can participate on the school’s Future City Team, which is a cross-curricular competition that teaches students the engineering design process and build their 21st century skills. Students utilize science, math, and engineering knowledge to create cities that might exist at least 100 years in the future. They gain valuable experience designing with computers, building scale models, researching, writing, and speaking in public. The school team then competes against other schools in the regional competition, held in January, for potential progress to the national competition.
  • Robotics

    Using the Lego Mindstorm NXT robot kits, students develop their engineering and coding skills, along with problem-solving skills, to tackle increasingly challenging tasks. Students apply the elements of design thinking and logic to solve tasks, as they collaborate with partners to overcome obstacles and learn from the process of iteration.
  • Science

    Students experience a range of design thinking challenges that enable them to create experiments and to problem solve like a scientist, using Arduino circuit designs, 3-D printing, and a variety of projects.