This course will merge design thinking, human centered design and engineering design concepts with community service and outreach. Engineers are problem solvers. Students in this course will work to solve real world problems that impact society using a design thinking approach. Students will identify a design challenge and work with area non-profits and stakeholders to address a current need. In this fast-paced course, students will use empathy, creativity, and technical knowledge to have a positive impact.
Projects - Fall 2019
- Health and Fitness
- The Universal Experience - Promoting Visual Accessibility
- Improving Student Safety
- STEM Education Experiences
- Creative Thinking in Education
Projects - Fall 2018
Peter Laz, Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Phases of Design Thinking
from Ideo Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators
Projects should by inherently local, but with ties to big challenges in society. See for example the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/challenges.aspx. Projects can involve (including, but not limited to):
- Health (healthy aging, helping people with disabilities)
- Education (ways to improve learning/schools, use of technology)
- Sustainability (recycling, air quality, environment, open space),
- Community challenges (homelessness, infrastructure, traffic, access to services)
Student teams should identify at least one partner organization in the community and engage with a variety of stakeholders. Partner organizations should be closely linked to the design challenge area. Consider area schools, local and state government agencies, hospitals and care providers, and other non-profit organizations. Local community-based organizations are preferred. Stakeholders are people who have valuable viewpoints and would be impacted by the projects.
The primary product of the experience will be a Portfolio. The Portfolio will be electronically-based (created on Portfolio.du.edu) and will be made publicly available. The Portfolio should capture the entire project experience; weekly activities and prompts should be presented on the Portfolio. The Portfolio should be engaging and highly visual. Please include photos, quotes, sketches, etc. in addition to text.