One of our new classes for this year is Design Thinking, a class that encourages students to innovate and practice several design thinking mindsets: Radical Collaboration, Bias to Action, Build to Think, Fail Fast, Test and Iterate.
Today, Students were asked to design and build the tallest freestanding tower using only noodles, tape, and a marshmallow. This first ice-breaker exercise was a great way to push students to build, test and iterate their design with an emphasis on radical collaboration, especially since they are working together thought-out the school year. This activity also encourages critical thinking by asking students to synthesize what they learned quickly to create new designs. Students must also demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges or frustrations [life-long learning].