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IDEATE High Academy – Design Thinking
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MISSION

Ideate High Academy’s mission is to provide a rich,

Design Thinking – based curriculum for creative high school pupils incorporating student-centered learning, interdisciplinary challenges, college preparation, internships, empathic social responsibility and innovative thinking for the 21st Century.

Design thinking is an empathy-based process and strategy for cultivating innovative solutions to complex challenges, as well as supporting the development of creative thinking skills.  The design thinking process involves five modes: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. At IDEATE High Academy, design thinking is intentionally integrated into the project-based curriculum to foster student innovation, collaboration, and creativity in solving complex challenges.  These are essential skills for high school graduates in the 21st Century.

PHILOSOPHY & INTEGRATED CURRICULUM

Our core approach is based on the five elements of Design Thinking developed by IDEO and the Stanford d.school: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. Students

engage with Designing Thinking principles on a daily basis and across the curriculum, both in the IdeateLab and in their classrooms. Design Thinking is taught, applied, and explored through project-based learning, integrated projects that require real world problem-solving, and independent exploration.  This philosophy embeds, promotes and enables all students to achieve the objective to become self-motivated, competent and lifelong learners.

5 STEPS OF DESIGN THINKING

Empathize – information gathering, observation, immersion

Define – a clear description of the problem, form a point of view

Ideate – generation of ideas incorporating brainstorming

Prototype – experimental solutions are created

Test – an iterative process, assessing the solutions

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