Design For Good
A ScienceWorks after-school engineering design program for middle school students.
Be a part of designing, prototyping, and testing real solutions to real problems to help real people. In the Design for Good program, middle school students will design solutions to help peers with fine motor challenges increase independence. Designers will work on solutions for real problems, like buckling a bike helmet when your fingers donít work together, putting a cap on a marker when you have only one arm, or opening a thermos when you have limited hand strength. Taught by Liese Murphree, Director of Education, you'll learn how design and engineering are important parts of community-building and citizenship.
If you are a creative person and want to use your creativity to help kids in your community, Design for Good is for you! Interested? Apply here! Applications are due March 24.
When: Thursdays 3:30-5:00, April 6-May 11
Cost: Members, $70; Non-Members, $75.
Scholarships are available.
Application Due Date: March 24
April 6: The Engineering Design Process
based on the principles of design thinking described by Stanfordís d.School)
April 13: Research
Work with a guest occupational therapist to understand what the challenges are for people who have different abilities and different limitations.
April 20: Empathize and Define
Who are our end users? What are their problems? Develop the criteria and constraints that will guide your design project.
April 27: Ideate, Prototype, Test
Designers will go through a process of generating many possible solutions and examining the merits of each. Then they will settle on one or two possible design solutions and begin to prototype designs.
May 4: Ideate, Prototype, Test
Continue the process and talk with materials experts about how to turn prototypes into useable designs.
May 11: Testing
designs with design users or talk with the occupational therapist who tested them with design users and redesign/reimagine the designs. Then we will celebrate lessons learned.
Download an info sheet here